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32 Companion plants to grow with your peppers. Companion planting in the garden can serve a number of purposes, ranging from maximizing garden space to attracting beneficial insects and pollinators to luring insect pests away from other food crops.

32 Companion plants to grow with your peppers

Here are some great options for companion plants for peppers. Companion planting, or grouping complementary plants together in the garden to benefit each other, can be done for a variety of reasons, such as to provide shade or a wind barrier to other plants, or to cover the surface of the soil with edible plants to crowd out weeds, or even to help boost the growth, flavor, or yields of food crops. Ramon previously wrote a great guide to companion plants for tomatoes, and because both sweet and hot peppers are such popular vegetable garden plants that can also benefit from companion planting, here's a big list of herbs, flowers, and vegetables that might compliment your pepper patch. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Tomato Hornworms: How To Get Rid Of Tomato Caterpillars. By Heather Rhoades You may have walked out to your garden today and asked, “What are the big green caterpillars eating my tomato plants?!?!”

Tomato Hornworms: How To Get Rid Of Tomato Caterpillars

These odd caterpillars are tomato hornworms (also known as tobacco hornworms). These tomato caterpillars can do significant damage to your tomato plants and fruit if not controlled early and quickly. Getting Rid Of Bad Bugs With Beneficial Insects - Gardening Know How. By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Not all bugs are bad; in fact, there are many insects that are beneficial to the garden.

Getting Rid Of Bad Bugs With Beneficial Insects - Gardening Know How

These helpful creatures aid in decomposing plant material, pollinating crops and devouring pests which are harmful to your garden. Cabbage Looper Control. Description Widely distributed throughout North America, the cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) is a common and destructive pest most often found on cabbage-family, or cole crops.

Cabbage Looper Control

The larger its larvae grow the more damage they do. In the larval stage, cabbage loopers eat three-times their body weight in plant material a day, doing the most harm during the last few days of their development. Loopers, commonly known as inch worms, are most easily recognized by their unique method of movement in which they double up or “loop” as they inch along.

This characteristic trait comes from the absence of legs at the looping segments. Larvae are large (1-1/2 inch long), pale green caterpillars with a narrow white stripe along each side and several narrow lines down the back. How To Make Homemade Tomato Fertilizer. Eggshells as Organic Pest Control - Get Busy Gardening. 2K+ The flea beetles have been worse than ever this summer, and the Japanese beetles are no fun either.

Eggshells as Organic Pest Control - Get Busy Gardening

15 Homemade Organic Gardening Sprays and Concoctions That Actually Work" Back when I started my first garden, a certain celebrity gardener and his books of gardening concoctions were all the rage.

15 Homemade Organic Gardening Sprays and Concoctions That Actually Work"

You could tell when it was fundraising time on our local PBS station because they'd have him live in the studio, telling us that all we had to do was use items such as baby shampoo, instant tea, and whiskey, and we'd be able to grow our best garden ever. Those claims seemed pretty far-fetched to me back then, and now that I know a little more, I know that several of those concoctions were either just plain bad ideas or that one item in his recipe was the one that was actually doing the work while the rest were either unnecessary or possibly harmful to plants, insects and other soil-dwelling organisms.

So please know that my b.s. radar is at high alert when I see anything about homemade gardening sprays and the like. A Better Way to Fertilize Your Garden: Homemade Organic Fertilizer - Organic Gardening. Related Content A Mini-Cucumber Garden Even if your growing plot is short of space, you'll have room for mini cucumber plants. Originally p... Because my garden supplies about half of my family's yearly food intake, I do all I can to maximize my vegetables' nutritional quality. Based on considerable research and more than 30 years of vegetable growing, I have formulated a homemade fertilizing mix that works great in most food gardens. Complete Organic Fertilizer To concoct COF measure out all materials by volume: that is, by the scoop, bucketful, jarful, etc.

At any cost of materials this mix is a good value when judged by the results it produces, but COF can be unnecessarily expensive unless you buy the ingredients in 50 pound sacks (20 kg) from appropriate vendors. Seed meals and various kinds of lime are the most important ingredients (keep reading for "Basic Organic Fertilizer Ingredients"). Bone meal is usually available at garden centers. 10 Homemade Organic Pesticides. Ever wonder what farmers did hundreds of years ago to fight off crop pests?

10 Homemade Organic Pesticides

Long before the invention of harmful chemical pesticides (yes, the kind that is linked to cancerous cellular activity), farmers and householders came up with multiple remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants. The following list will offer some of our favorite, all-natural, inexpensive, organic methods for making bug-busting pesticides for your home garden. 1. Neem Ancient Indians highly revered neem oil as a powerful, all-natural plant for warding off pests. To make your own neem oil spray, simply add 1/2 an ounce of high quality organic neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap (I use Dr.