Nov
05
2012

Reducing Aphid Infestation

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouthparts to feed on plant sap. They usually occur in colonies on the undersides of tender terminal growth. Heavily-infested leaves can wilt or turn yellow because of excessive sap removal. While the plant may look bad, aphid feeding generally will not seriously harm healthy, established trees and shrubs. However, some plants are very sensitive to feeding by certain aphid species. Saliva injected into plants by these aphids may cause leaves to … Continue Reading

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Apr
02
2012

Insect Frass : A New Compost Tea Additive

Sometimes folks have a hard time getting their tea going; especially getting a rich fungal dominant tea.  But this isn’t necessarily from poor brewing practices; it may be from using less than adequate inputs, or from dormant soils.  The process of activating your humus (Ancient Forest, Vital Earth’s Organic Compost, Vermiblend Compost Ammendment, or the like)  is outlined in the excellent book, Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis.  Their process calls for taking your humus, filling a … Continue Reading

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