Have You Seen These Bugs?

26 Jun
    The Stripped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma vittata) The Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi) These beetles love a variety of vegetables: cucumbers, melon, squash and other cucurbits are preferred.  Adult cucumber beetles chew ragged holes in plant leaves and may consume entire...
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Emmer

12 Jun
We are extremely sad to announce the passing of our dear, sweet feline office manager Emmer.  She is missed greatly -there is a big hole where she was – no longer greeting us when we come to work and overseeing...
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Biochar

12 Jun
Biochar – a promising soil carbon alternative As organic gardeners and farmers adding carbon to the soil has been difficult and problematical. To cite a modern article by Sébastien Fontaine1, Gérard Bardoux2, Luc Abbadie1, and André Mariotti2 in Ecology Letters, Volume 7, Issue...
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Stinging Nettle

12 Jun
Stinging Nettle: Urtica Dioica Harvested in late spring through early summer.  Use the leaves, seeds, roots and young tops.  Be careful if you’ve never harvested this herb before… the “green goddess/green man herb” can sting (leather gloves protect best). In Northern California I’ve...
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