True Value is a good place to find organic gardening supplies, I like to shop at the one in Alrai near the Infiniti Showroom.
Here is a nice touch they’ve added at the soils section:
Uh oh! I’ve got aphids!
Aphids feed on most fruit and vegetable plants, they reproduce like there’s no tomorrow. Both adults and nymphs suck plant sap, which usually causes distorted leaves, buds, branch tips, and flowers. Severely infested leaves and flowers may drop.
As they feed, aphids excrete a sweet, sticky honeydew onto the leaves below. Also, some aphids spread viruses as they feed.
Aphids are bad news, and if you find just one in your garden, you should act right away. Look under the leaves to find them.
Im using organic insecticidal soap (orange bottle). I have the blue bottle incase of extreme infestations that can lead me to pull out the plants like I did with my zucchinis.
Organic damage control
You can grow anything in containers, its the soil quality that will determine the strength of the plants. I found that the plants in my small containers are doing better than those in my big boxes, this is because I put my own homemade compost in them.
Here is a closer look :
You can mix and match your favorite leafy greens and herbs, you can forget about the spacing rules like I have here, because we have a short winter, I won’t wait for the plants to reach their full size to harvest, instead I will harvest individual leaves. This has been working really well. The plants don’t mind being crammed in a small space.
This vigorously growing tomato plant was grown from cutting, meaning I inserted a pruned stem from another plant into the container, and watered it until it developed its own root system. Its growing exceptionally well, I didn’t even get to stake it yet, and its sprawling on the wall and on the ground.
Seeing my container plants’ progress and success in my homemade compost encourages me to make as much as I can for my future plantings.
My soil components are again 1/3 homemade compost + 1/3 peat moss + 1/3 perlite
You can place the containers anywhere that’s in full sun, and enjoy the fresh vegetables all season!
Here’s what I did with my two freshly picked organic zucchinis!
The two zucchinis were sliced into coins and sauteed in a single pan with garlic, toasted almonds, green onions, and parmesan cheese.
This recipe really brings out the true flavor of the vegetable, you can do a million things with zucchinis, it always tastes great!
It took really little effort for me to get this fresh, organic, and delicious food on my plate, and you can do it too.