Accessing the Health of the Garden

Learning about accessing the health of a garden and its crops, including: fresh clues, nutrition, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, over watering, large critters and insects.



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One very noticeable pest at this time of year is the white-tailed deer, whose numbers are on the rise.
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Barbara Mather on her daily inspection tour.
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Notice that this lettuce is not mulched. The best defense against slugs I have found is clean cultivation around crops where they become a nuisance.
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This sorry spinach patch was just itching to tell me that a pattern of sickness was afoot. Time to run down the list of possible nutritional/temperature/watering problems.
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At least as important as the skills to notice real plant damage is the eye for noticing what can be ignored. These kohlrabi with flea beetle holes, through unsightly, are not in any danger.
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A woodchunk makes a meal of a prized tomato.
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