The Easiest Way to Pick Up Fall Leaves

Are you killing yourself raking those leaves? Here's the easiest way to pick up fall leaves!

Picking Up Fall Leaves Can Be Quite a Chore

Fall is really beautiful, but do you ever find yourself groaning when it comes time to pick up those leaves? Raking has to be one of the worst tasks around, and for some reason, it’s a killer on my back.

There are some tools out there designed to make your job easier, but I’m not sure they’re necessary. We’ve never had a leaf blower, but when I watch people using them to pick up fall leaves, they really don’t look all that easy. The leaves still end up blowing all round the yard and they are still whole, making them a less valuable commodity, at least in my eyes.Continue Reading

Preventing Late Blight in Tomatoes

Organic prevention of late blight in tomatoes

What is late blight?

The weather here in NEPA has been cooler than normal. Instead of the hazy-hot-and-humid-chance-of-an-afternoon-thunderstorm weather typical for July, we’ve had mild days with cool nights great for sleeping, along with a fair share of rain. And that’s the perfect prescription for the spread of the the pathogen Phytophthora infestans, better known as late blight.Continue Reading

Soil Temperature: The Best Way to Know That It’s Time to Plant

It's spring, but is it time to plant? Using a thermometer to take soil temperature is the best way to know.

It’s spring! But is it time to plant? One of the most accurate ways to determine spring planting time is soil temperature – not air temperature, or even the calendar. Early morning is the best time to monitor your soil’s temperature. The soil may warm later in the day, but you need to know the coldest temperature your seeds will experience. Planting seeds in soil that is too cold will prevent sprouting, and your seeds may rot.Continue Reading

Make Your Own Seed Tape

Make Your Own Seed Tape to make planting small seeds a breeze!

What is Seed Tape?

Seed tape is a great product for planting that has seeds embedded right into it. It’s perfect for planting tiny seeds like carrot that are difficult to space in the garden. The “tape” is made of bio-degradable paper which is planted directly into your garden. I love using seed tape, although it tends to be pricey. But you can make your own seed tape for a fraction of the cost of pre-made tape.Continue Reading