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Tomato Cage Trials

June 24th, 2008

See how to install four different types of tomato cages.ultomato tomato cage

The first tomato cage we will put up is the Ultomato Cage. The Ultomato cage is very easy to install. Simply clip the side pieces onto the three main stakes and then push it into the ground. This tomato cage allows for easy adjustments for the side supports as the tomato plant grows. Just move the side pieces up or down to accommadate the growing plant.

The second tomato cage we will put up is the veggie cageVeggie Cage. It requires a bit more work because of the stake you must drive into the ground to hold it up. But once it is up, there is little more you will have to do with this tomato cage. The Veggie Cage will continue to grow upwards with the tomato plant, pulling the plant off the ground and upward.

The third tomato cage we will put up is the Heavy Duty Folding Tomato heavy duty folding tomato cageCage. This is a very easy-to-use cage. You simply pull it open from its flattened storage position, put it in place over the tomato plant, and then push the legs into the ground. The tomato plant will stay inside of the four “walls” and grow upwards.

tomato towerThe final tomato cage we will trial is the Tomato Tower. To use this cage simply put the bottom stake into the ground, put the section together, and then insert into the ground stake. Very easy and simple.

Pleased with my vegetable plant order

June 17th, 2008

My order did arrive and everything was perfect with the exception of one zucchini plant, it was sort of droopy when it got here and by the time i got it ito the planter today it only had one stem on it and no leaves. I planted it and hope that it will take anyway. Can you please let me know if there is anything else I should do. I am very pleased with my order and am hoping they all grow nicely. I will certainly order from you again and will tell my friends. Thank you, Jean

Information on repelling Japanese beetles and their grubs

June 13th, 2008

Japanese beetles can decimate otherwise healthy rose bushes, and they feed on nearly 300 other species of plants, as well. These beetles begin their month-long feeding and mating frenzy around mid- to late June, defoliating our prized plants. Japanese beetles generally stick to a 1- to 2-mile area if the food source and egg-laying conditions are favorable. A single Japanese beetle won’t do a lot of damage but they generally congregate in larger groups, working from the top of a plant downward and preferring to feed on plants in full sun locations.

The life cycle of the Japanese beetle starts as soon as adults emerge and begin to mate. Females burrow into the ground in the afternoon and lay 1 to 4 eggs every 3 to 4 days. The eggs hatch to a larva (or the familiar white grub stage) where they continue to develop for 10 months. Grubs prefer moist soil with lots of organic matter, and they especially love tender grasses. They are drought tolerant and will move deeper into the soil during scorching late summer heat. It is during this feeding period they can do the
most damage to your lawn grasses.

Beetles overwinter in this grub stage, moving deeper yet into the soil to withstand any cold weather and becoming inactive when the soil temperature drops below 50 degrees. Many birds such as starlings, common grackles and crows will eat grubs in heavily infested areas. A sure sign of infestation is a large flock of starlings digging up the grubs with their long, pointed bills or crows pulling up small pieces of turf as they dig and search. Moles, shrews and skunks will also feed on grubs.

There are chemical methods of killing both the grubs and adults; however, we prefer using safe, natural methods of combating these destructive pests. These natural methods are easy to use, work quickly, and don’t harm the environment.

A natural method of grub control is milky spore. The spores will kill the Japanese beetle grubs in your lawn, although it will not stop the flight of adult beetles.

The best safe way to deter adult beetles from your property is Nocdown cedar-oil-based insect repellent. Its odor is noxious to beetles and other pests, and it is an all-natural way to repel them…or if they stick around, it will shut down their receptors, and they’ll eventually leave or starve and die.

Shaking Japanese beetles into a bucket of soapy waterAnother easy, natural way to control the adult Japanese beetle is hand collecting. This is best done early in the morning when the beetles are the least active. Reducing the numbers on a plant makes it less attractive to other beetles flying in. Shake or knock them into a bucket of soapy water to kill them.

We don’t recommend the use of Japanese beetle traps for home landscapes. They should be limited to large open areas away from valuable plants, because the powerful attractant can actually draw more beetles into an area. We also don’t recommend toxic insecticidal sprays and dusts to protect ornamental plantings, as they can unintentionally spread to food crops and they can harm precious pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Another extremely effective way to control grubs and adult Japanese beetles is Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It works through a physical, non-chemical process of destroying the exoskeleton of pests. It’s like tiny shards of broken glass that cut through their protective outer shell and cause them to dehydrate. It’s non-toxic, and is even safe if ingested by warm-blooded creatures. It can be sprinkled liberally on plants and on the soil. Be warned, though, that it can harm pollinators if they land on it, so it should be used only on plants that don’t attract bees and butterflies. It should still do a terrific job of controlling the unwanted beetles, even if it’s used away from flowering plants.

Update on your gourmet popcorn

June 13th, 2008

Here’s the update on your gourmet popcorn……I believe I have now tried all the popcorn that you sell. I like them all but the ones I like the best are the Gourmet Purple, Red and Ladyfinger. Again, thanks for everything. Denise

Homemade Garden Seeder

June 12th, 2008

We were so intrigued by the retro fitting of this Earthway Garden Seeder that we just had to share it with you. The photos were sent to us by Lon Purvis, which combined the Garden Seeder & Kentucky High Wheel Cultivator for a carefree way to plant his vegetable seeds. It allows for very easy pushing, even in rocky soil. If you have any questions, contact Lon at www.purvisinvestments.com.

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Use Garden Harvest Supply with Confidence

June 12th, 2008

Replaced all plants I had problems w/ and even sent a couple of extras to be sure I was satisfied & 3 “We’re Sorry” plants for the trouble I had (sent 2 beautiful Super Trouper pink Dianthus & a gorgeous velvet red Solenia Begonia- highly recommend – it is breathtaking!). Will use them again & again & again for those hard to find annuals (most where from last year’s Prize Winner’s “new products” list which usually take a couple years to hit the main market) & with confidence that if I have problems they will take care of it as soon as they are notified of them. Please use this company w/ confidence that they are here to make you happy & your garden beautiful! Thanks again,Joe, for all your hard work & patience!

Plants arrived fresh & healthy

June 11th, 2008

I must say that it was a pleasure to open my package and find such large and healthy plants. I am especially grateful for the care they were given for shipping. Even though they took 5 days for them to arrive, they were still fresh and healthy looking. I have ordered plants from other online dealers and most have resulted in dead dryed up plants. Thank you again and until next time. Darlene

I am thrilled with my plants!

June 9th, 2008

I received my order yesterday afternoon and I am thrilled with the plants! They are larger then I expected and already have blossoms. Can’t wait to eat these wonderful tomatoes. I will definitely order from you in the future. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Sharon H

Another reason to grow your own tomatoes

June 9th, 2008

After a salmonella food poisoning outbreak in 16 states, federal health officials have issued a warning about eating store-bought tomatoes or tomatoes that are eaten uncooked in restaurants.

The specific types and sources of the suspect tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum; raw red Roma or raw round red tomatoes are the cause. There have been 145 reported infections since mid-April.  

According to FDA officials, "At this time, consumers should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home."
 

Garden Harvest Supply has a large selection of tomato plants, including a large selection of heirloom tomato varieties.  The best way to ensure you have safe, fresh tomatoes is to pick them out of your own garden.  Help avoid exposure to the Salmonella bacteria by growing your own tomatoes.  This is a great time to add these plants to your patio pots or garden plots!  

Here is link to the FDA article. We have also included a link to the MSNBC article.

Which tomato plants hang from buckets?

June 6th, 2008

What kind of tomato plants should I use to place in a hanging bucket? Thanks, William