Dec
01
2015

Wipe Out Pests and Mildew with Green Cleaner

Because Green Cleaner works without penetrating the pest or altering its feeding habits, they cannot develop resistance. Insects would actually have to stop being insects to be safe from Green Cleaner (see: The Fly, it’s great!). Continue Reading

Mar
04
2013

Managing Spider Mites in your garden

Spider mites are one of the most common garden pests and can be found feeding on the leaves and stems of vegetables, plants, fruit trees, and vines.  Spider mite control becomes increasingly difficult once the pest has been well established in the garden so early detection is very important.  Although related to insects, mites are not insects but members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks.  The spider mite also known as “web-spinning mite” is the most common … Continue Reading

Nov
05
2012

Reducing Aphid Infestation

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouth parts to feed on plant sap.  They usually occur in colonies on the undersides of tender terminal growth. Heavily-infested leaves can wilt or turn yellow because of excessive sap removal. While the plant may look bad, aphid feeding generally will not seriously harm healthy, established trees and shrubs. However, some plants are very sensitive to feeding by certain aphid species. Saliva injected into plants by these aphids may cause leaves to pucker … Continue Reading

Apr
02
2012

Insect Frass : A New Compost Tea Additive

Sometimes folks have a hard time getting their tea going; especially getting a rich fungal dominant tea.  But this isn’t necessarily from poor brewing practices; it may be from using less than adequate inputs, or from dormant soils.  The process of activating your humus (Ancient Forest, Vital Earth’s Organic Compost, Vermiblend Compost Ammendment, or the like)  is outlined in the excellent book, Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis.  Their process calls for taking your humus, filling a … Continue Reading