One of the things I was surprised to learn( too many years ago now) was how short-lived many pesticides were. This is particularly true if mixed in water that has low or high pH values (over/under 6.5-7.0) The more alkaline or acidic the water you … [Read more...] about Why Your Water Quality Is Hurting Your Garden
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Ash trees are currently in the "problem" stage with a new pest that's sweeping across North America - the Emerald Ash Borer. Here's a bit of work researchers in Ontario have done with this pest and neem oil. Small trees (diameter under one inch) … [Read more...] about Can You Control Emerald Ash Borer With Neem
I'm a big coffee drinker and fan of really great coffee so I'm always on the lookout for a use for coffee grounds. For example, I know worms treat them like candy and prefer them to most other foods (I have worm farms). And I know that caffeine is a … [Read more...] about Do Coffee Grounds and Mosquitoes Get Along?
Need a reason to go organic if you have kids? James Brophy - the lead researcher on this study - of the University of Guelph, ON, Canada found that women growing up on farms were more likely to have cancer than other populations. Turns out the … [Read more...] about Cancer rates increase on childhood exposure to ag-chemicals
High nitrate concentrations in vegetables (particularly if the vegetables are subject to low-light conditions, such as in winter greenhouses) pose possible human health risks and are therefore subject to regulatory limits in Europe. Researchers in … [Read more...] about High Nitrate Levels in Leafy Vegetables and Red LED lights
If you have a worm compost bin you might want to consider using the leachate at as a foliar spray. FYI: The "leachate" is the liquid that sometimes accumulates on the bottom of the bin if you don't have enough absorbent material in the … [Read more...] about Should You Use Worm Bin Leachate In Your Garden?