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Major Pests Identified & How To Deal With Them

Ever since I first started gardening three years ago I have come across a lot of different bugs. Some beneficial to my garden, and some which destroy, or try to destroy, my fruits and vegetables. It seems each year I deal with a new pest, but also still have to deal with some of the previous ones as well. This is the most frustrating part of gardening. I get so excited when I begin to see my plants getting bigger and growing flowers ready to begin producing fruits and vegetables. But soon after I have to become proactive in keeping the pests away to ensure I have fruits and vegetables to harvest.

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Year Two and Our Melon Patch

Our second year of growing vegetables, which was last year, I decided to pitch in, help out my son, and expand the types of plants we had. Which also meant adding other options. My son and I turned an area of the back yard that had been used as a fire pit into a melon patch, where we planted some watermelon plants I had sprouted quite successfully from some old seeds that I wasn't sure would sprout.

Since these seeds had sat in the fridge for a few years, I wasn’t sure how well they would sprout, so after doing a bit of research I found a good option to sprout seeds, especially those that may be harder to sprout than others. It’s a simple way to provide the needed heat and moisture seeds need to get them to sprout.

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Small Garden Beds for Small Spaces

Since my gardening hobby started two years ago, this year being my third year, I have built four different types of garden beds, each in a different way and for a different reason. While I can't really go into detail on four garden beds in one post I will break this up a bit, but hopefully you will still get some helpful information.

As I've mentioned in my previous posts on gardening, it was my younger son who started this little venture in vegetable gardening. He had good intentions, save mommy some money on vegetables. He and I had no idea it would end up becoming a huge hobby that we continue every year.

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DIY (Do It Yourself) Plant Pots

I've learned a lot about gardening over the last two years, some I've had to learn the hard way. But the hardest part about gardening is the spring gardening fever to build a better garden each year. I start getting emails about what plants to plant, and different garden bed ideas, and in past years I spent more on certain things that I could have actually just done myself and saved a lot more money. But with all projects you learn as you go, so I'm passing on what I've learned.

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Spring Gardening, Fruits and Vegetables, Oh My!

A couple of years ago my younger son decided he wanted to start a vegetable garden to help me save some money. It was a nice thought, and I encouraged him with his idea. He started out with one raised garden bed, and had some bell peppers and cucumber plants. Every day when he got home from school he would go and check on his garden bed, and was very excited when we began to get bell peppers and cucumbers. While he didn't get as much as he had wanted, he and I were both determined to try again next spring.

The second year, which was last year, was a huge learning experience for both myself and my son. We had two garden beds, a melon patch, a small lettuce patch on the back porch, and a few pots that had tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkins. I did a lot of searching on Google looking into caring for all these different plants. We learned the hard way why you rotate crops, because the first year our cucumber plants did well, but the second year they were ravaged by pests. We had no luck with pumpkins, I really detest squash borers. I have also come to hate, hate, hate squash bugs!! Needless to say, while we did get some watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a lot of hot peppers, we also lost a lot as well. I also had no luck with my squash or eggplant.

So, this year I decided to learn from my mistakes, rotate crops, do away with plants that I had no luck with, such as pumpkins, grow vegetables and fruit that would most definitely get eaten, and DIY the heck out of this years garden.

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About Me

Hi there. I'm Rachel Kay, a Web Developer, Illustrator, & Designer, whose hobby is to be creative and artistic, while freelancing as a Web Developer building creative, modern websites.

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