Suggested Reading

For a deeper look into this module read the following:

Four Season Harvest: p. 122-123; 143-150

The New Organic Grower: p. 172-189

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  • Corrine

    Reply Reply May 16, 2015

    Hi Paul,
    I am enjoying the organic gardening course although I am a bit disappointed that most of these training videos are in audio. I really enjoy the videos even if you just stand there and talk from your garden. I was going to cancel the membership because of this but I am learning and enjoying the materials. So I have built up my soil by using worm castings each year, about 8 inches every few months. Then I use my own compost however it is not 2 years old but just 4 or 5 months old. Most of my babies are thriving however my kale got quite eaten the past few weeks. I sprinkled some red pepper flakes and then finally spayed some soap. Anything else I can do? Also, this is the 4th year in a row that I am trying squash and cucumbers. The reason I say trying is because I have had this bionic striped cucumber beetle that destroys these healthy thriving vines and their flowers and the fruits each year. I have tried natural sprays and red pepper and diatimaceous earth but the beetles literally laugh at me as I spray them. That is why I call them bionic. Anything I can do to get a jump on these this year? I have watched or rather listened to the pest videos but don’t seem to have an answer for these beetles. Thank you!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 18, 2015

      Hi Corrine,

      Thanks so much for your note and for sticking in here! I’d love to add more face-to-face videos in the future. Also check out the small space gardening course in the bonus section. I’m currently putting it together and it is going to be almost all in person.

      Hmmm… Do you know what’s been getting at your kale? It’s hard to say otherwise. If it is a worm or caterpillar than I would suggest using Dipel.

      As far as your cucumber beetles – I’d encourage you to check out this resource: Cucumber Beetle Control

      My cousins had some trouble with cucumber beetles last year I believe and tried using the sticky traps. These were effective (at least they caught a lot of bugs) but still didn’t solve the problem. There are many other suggestions at that site.

      As far as getting a jump start on them – you could use a row cover or frost cloth as a physical protection option until the plants start flowering. Then you’ll need to take it off for pollination. Let me know how it goes!

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