mice in my hoop house

---, Pests & Pathogens
I knew I had a mouse in my hoop house. It was leaving half eaten acorns in some of my plants. Then it started nibbling on the pea seeds in a couple big trays full of pea seedlings. I took the peas up to the house to grow and put…
 
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planting peas

Pests & Pathogens, Starting Seeds
I planted my peas today. I started them indoors in big flat boxes and cut off paper bags. I’m a fan of planting indoors, mostly because I can watch them grow. But also I can baby the seedlings, making sure they get the right amount of water and light (under…
 
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crop rotation

Pests & Pathogens, Planning the Garden
I recently finished making plans for my vegetable gardens and posted the diagrams. A reader noticed I always plant my butternut squash in one place: on the arbor in the middle of my community garden plot. I like it there. It looks nice and does well. But the reader asked:…
 
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seems like not a good year for cucumbers

Pests & Pathogens
Today I harvested a very nice cucumber. a pretty Corinto cuke. But Sadly, i don’t think it’ll be a great year (or even a good year) for cukes. Not sure what’s going on but the leaves on most of my vines are shriveling and vines are dying. I have about…
 
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spraying fruit trees

Pests & Pathogens
All of a sudden it’s warm! How does that happen. The snow and ice are suddenly gone. Time to spray my fruit trees. I use horticultural oil. The info sheet from UNH Cooperative Extention is great. Pears, Two applications to control psylla, mites and scale. First, spray at swollen bud…
 
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