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Aphids! Augh!

Pea aphid

Pea aphid


a kind of insects named aphid



Today when harvesting the lettuce, I noticed, for the first time this year, that there were aphids on the leaves. I plunged the lettuces into a 5 gallon bucket of water and sure enough, there were small green destroyers of my salad floating around. Curled, mottled leaves are a sign that aphids (or similar insects) are present.

Aphids_May_2010-2Just in case you aren’t familiar with what aphids look like there are a few images above and to the left.  Obviously, they come in many colors but all are small. They suck the juices out of your plants. Veggies, trees, flowers: Nothing is safe from aphids.

If you can’t see them, check for ants running up and down the trunks or stems of your garden plants. Ants tend aphids as we humans tend cows, using aphids’ secretions to grow a fungus in the ant hill that the ants eat.

Cute & clever but not in my garden!  How to rid my garden and even landscape of these voracious and fast spreading pests was my next concern.

Here are some easy organic remedies for those destructive aphids.

Ladybugs will feed on aphids

Ladybugs will feed on aphids

1. Ladybugs are aphid predators.

2. Neem oil mixed with biodegradable soap.

3. Insecticidal soap.

4. Plant onions or garlic interspersed in your garden.

5. Lacewings are also predators of aphids.

6. Hand pick them if there are only a small number or use the pressure of your hose to rinse them off, just be sure to check for the level of re-infestation.

Both Farm & Home Organics and Paonia Farm & Home Supply have Ladybugs and Neem oil in stock.

The above post was written by Cedar Keshet.

Cedar’s Grasshopper Remedy

grasshopperGrasshoppers have been wrecking havoc and destruction in many local Paonia Gardens.  We have had numerous requests for an Organic grasshopper treatment.

It’s not too late to try this organic formula for pest control, and thanks to Cedar, from the Paonia Farm and Home Organics store, we have a remedy.  It’s very simple and all the ingredients are available at the Organics store.

Pour into a one gallon sprayer:0002615691140_500X500

1 cup Molasses
1 Tbsp neem
2 Tbsp azamax
1 tsp liquid Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap

Spray early morning or after dark to protect the honey bees.

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Introducing Cedar Keshet

IMG_4240Introducing Cedar Keshet, a FarmHome Organics Store employee, who will welcome you into the store by name, with a warm, friendly smile and a  sincere desire to help you find the best product for your application.   Her cornucopia of knowledge about organic and biodynamic gardening has been acquired through life-long study and personal experiences since the young age of four.

Cedar began learning the art of painting and African violet plant propagation, from an elderly neighbor, with whom she bonded as a preschooler in Ohio.   Throughout her childhood, her family encouraged Cedar to garden by giving her, her own garden spot where she honed her skills on hearty plants not-likely-to-fail like tomatoes, peppers, marigolds and other fool proof vegetation.  (Likewise, parents you can encourage your children to garden this way also.)

By high school her family had moved to El Paso, Texas  where Cedar pursued her passions of horticulture through FFA (Future Farmer’s of America) as well as art and equine science.

Her formal educational credentials include studying horticulture to become a plant pathologist at Texas A & M, followed  by acquisition of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Elementary Education, and Master’s of Education in Computer Science.

Sprinkled into the formal education and professional teaching experience has been a passion for painting and other arts, Organic gardening, and years of self-study in bio-dynamic gardening under the tutelage of  local North Fork gardeners Pat Frazier and Caren vonGontard.

Her philosophy of successful plant growth can be summed up by the following statement:  “Customize the food for your plants based on the stage of the plant’s growth and its particular needs.”

For example:  Organic sources of phosphorus, which is essential for root development and

OrganicPhosphorusbloom production includes, Bat Guano, Bone Meal, Fish Bone Meal, and Seabird Guano.
Organic sources of Nitrogen include Chicken manure, bat

Guanao, Worm Castings, Alfalfa meal, Fish Meal or Fish emulsion, etc.  The Organics store is literally wall wall-papered with 8 1/2 X 11 posters of information on

Liquid Molasses

Liquid Molasses

Organic Gardening, uses for products in the store such has horticultural vinegar and molasses or Compost Tea.

Novice gardeners and experienced organic gardeners will all learn something pertaining to their own needs or circumstances that they didn’t already know about horticulture, organic gardening, and plant supplements by walking into the store reading the informative posters and visiting with Cedar.

bio-liveHer favorite all-around product, BioLive available in bulk or 50# bags, contains an evenly balanced assortment of microbes fungi, as well as a 5-4-2 blend of organic sources of Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus which makes it the best all-purpose fertilizer promoting root development for enhanced nutrient uptake, increased crop yields and fruit quality.

From Cedar I have learned that OMRI stands for Organic Materials Review Institute, an omri-logoorganization who provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production.  She has explained to me the very rudimentary basics of horticultural application of Compost Tea, Kelp, Vinegar, Molasses, Bat Guano, Worm Castings and which organic supplements provide, Nitrogen, Potassium, and/or Phosphorus, how to promote and enhance soil microbes, naturally formulated bug repellants, and so much more.

Cedar#2When Cedar is not working at the Farm and Home Organics store she can be found producing fine art, cultivating numerous types of lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, both dry and string bean varieties, snap peas and other organic vegetables.

If Cedar does not already know you by name, be sure to introduce yourself next time you visit the store.

Introducing Joe Chisholm

Joe Standing in the outdoor warehouse

Joe Standing in the outdoor warehouse

Now that gardening season has arrived, what does Horticultural Vinegar, Agricultural Molasses, Paonia Soil Company’s “The Bomb”, Smart Pots – multiple sizes, Fox Farm Soils, Down-To-Earth Fertilizer Blends – Bio-Live, Acid Mix, Tree & Shrub Mix, Bat Guano 9-3-1, Fishbone Meal, Bone Meal and Joe Chisholm have in common?Vision2

Answer:  you can find both Joe,  and the above Organic products and much more at our sister store,  Paonia Farm and Home Organics located at 208 Main Avenue.  Joe is eager to welcome you and advise you , so you can determine which Organic and OMRI listed products will best suit your gardening needs.

Joe, son of Dan Chisholm, who retired from Paonia Farm and Home Supply two years ago, is committed  to helping you understand the benefits of the various products. For example,
Joe is committed to talking to you about which Organic products are suitable to enrich and enhance soils your existing soil and which products promote healthy, vigorous plant growth, and explain how OMRI listed products can meet your gardening goals.

Joe#2He proudly operates by the principle of  “If I don’t know the answer, I will look-it up, research the answer and get back to you.”  Lastly and the best part is that Joe is dedicated to helping load your purchases into your vehicle.

Despite Joe’s relative youth, he is celebrating 10 years as  a part time or full-time employee of Paonia Farm and Home.  Jim Link, his uncle, has been mentoring him most of his life in a wide array of practical farm and home construction skills like roofing, in addition to soil sciences.  Some of Joe’s vast experiences include  fence building, irrigation, welding, landscaping, all kinds of farm work in everything from building a chicken coop to moving cows from field to field,  and even how to drive and use a tractor for a host of purposes, and much more.

During the course of the last 10 years, Joe has also worked as an all around handy-man, earning a reputation of willing to do anything and if he doesn’t know how to do it he is will find the answers.

When not working, Joe enjoys spending his spare time welding, and participating in outdoor activities like hiking or biking on Jumbo.

With a warm smile, strong work ethic, maturity, wisdom and knowledge beyond his years, I hope you will stop in, introduce yourself to Joe at the Paonia Farm and Home Organics store and probe Joe’s vast store-house of product knowledge.

He is ready and waiting to serve you!