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Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests

Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests

The New York Times Tue Nov 30 2010 Section: Science Byline: JIM ROBBINS DAVIS, Calif. — Mark Van Horn, director of the student farm at the University of California, is nearly lost as he walks through a yellow cloud of wild sunflowers around the edge of a field of tomatoes and sweet corn. They aren’t here for their beauty or as a cash crop — they are a key pest control strategy down on the organic farm. Research [Read More...]
Tobacco might be bad for health, but new research says it’s good for crops

Tobacco might be bad for health, but new research says it’s good for crops

By Ethan A. Huff Natural News October 30, 2010 The overall decline in tobacco use around the world has hurt many tobacco farmers, but scientists have identified an alternative use for tobacco that could spark new life into the tobacco industry and revolutionize modern agriculture. According to a report published in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, tobacco has long been used as a natural, [Read More...]
Unidentified corn issue

Unidentified corn issue

We are having issue with our three sisters organic sweet corn ears. The seeds are all morphed into disgusting swollen seeds. Yellow bugs ran out when I took two samples to view. If you know the cause, please post in the comment section.  A solution is also appreciated.
Lemon Cucumbers – RIP!

Lemon Cucumbers - RIP!

Our lemon cucumbers were giving us beautiful and watery melons to enjoy till the end of July. Mildew started hitting them inside the green house and outside. We were able to save  6 nice size fruits for seed. Neighbor farmers who sprayed soap water said that their plants are still affected with mildew.

Thakali Tomato damaged by whiteworm

Most of the damage of the fruits happened on the Thakali tomato variety! These tomato seeds are from the Island of Eelam and we grew them in our basement grow rack and transplanted them on May 24 weekend. We have removed the fruits and disposed of them far from the farm fields. When you cut open this fruit, you can see the white worm hiding inside. These tomatoes are new to the environment and haven’t developed strong [Read More...]
Old Brook Heirloom Tomato in outside lot

Old Brook Heirloom Tomato in outside lot

Our low tunnel green house tomatoes are thriving but the outside ones had a late pick up. But the outside ones are producing many nice size tomatoes. We had couple of deers check out our plot and walked all over our salad mix bed but significant damage.
Straight 8 Cucumber going to seed

Straight 8 Cucumber going to seed

We grew these cucumbers in our basement grow rack and transplanted them inside the green house in Mid-May. We had good counts of cucumbers and they were 6 inches or longer in size. We left two biggest cucumbers for seeding and this is one of them. We are having Powdery Mildew issues with our Lemon cucumbers and trying to protect the Straight 8 cukes.
Interplanted King of the North Peppers in the Green House

Interplanted King of the North Peppers in the Green House

We inter cropped the tomatoes and egg plant beds with extra pepper plants. We initially thought they died off under the pressure but was surprised to find them alive with the best quality peppers. They were also safe from slug and pest attacks. It also help us maximize the valuable green house space.

Jaffna (Brinjal) eggplant with potato beetles

Same plant after hand squishing and soap water spray treatment(after) This is in our Brampton green house.  We initially had 3 plants infected. We squished as many as possible and had soap water sprayed twice. They moved to another row of eggplants but we kept hand squishing them into extinction. We haven’t seen any on our eggplants in the last two weeks.
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