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Mockingbird in the eggplant

This juvenile mockingbird isn’t the strongest flyer yet, and is hoping that by staying still we won’t notice it perched on the eggplants.

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common garden disease during humid and warm weather. The disease is caused by a fungi that likes to grow on the surface of many plant species’ leaves. It is especially fond of members of the cucurbit … Continue reading

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Ginger and Turmeric

Here is our ginger and turmeric crop so far this year. The turmeric plants have the wide leaves and look like canna lilies. The ginger plants are in the bed on the upper left, and there is also a single … Continue reading

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Tomato Hornworm

If it looks like someone has been cutting the leaves off of your tomatoes, take a look around for tomato hornworms. These caterpillars can get quite large (this one is actually on the small side) but still manage to camouflage … Continue reading

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Florida predatory stink bug

When most people think of stink bugs they think of garden pests, but this adult Florida predatory stink bug is a real friend of the gardener. This one is taking out a Japanese beetle that was munching on some zinnias.

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Snake in the sandbags

We often use sandbags to hold down floating row covers, deer netting, and other temporary coverings/fencing. When it isn’t in use it gets piled in the barn. These piles apparently make a great hang out spot for this juvenile black … Continue reading

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Buckwheat cover crop

Cover crops are important for adding organic matter back to our soil that we take so much from. Buckwheat is a great fast growing cover crop that can also attract beneficial insects, but don’t let it go too long or … Continue reading

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