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Evicting Spider Mites

Signs your plant may have a Spider Mite infestation You may notice small brown or yellow dots on the leaves of a plant Upon further inspection, you should start to see very fine silky strands of webbing on the plant.Up close you will notice the spider mites moving around in the webbing
My poor little Lemon tree has recently come down with a case of Spider Mites.
I want to treat this right away.

I wrapped and secure the pot with a kitchen trash bag to keep the potting soil dry.

  Quick trip to the shower for this little tree since it's only around 10 degrees outside today in North Idaho. If you live in a warmer climate you could save yourself the trouble and do this outside ;-)

The shower will wash away cobwebs and most of the mites.

Then apply homemade insecticidal soap using the following ingredients you  have around the house.

Homemade Insecticidal Soap  1/2 gallon of Luke warm water1 TB. Dish Detergent1/2 TB. Olive Oil1/2 TB Rubbing Alcohol

Shake well and add to spray bottle. 


Seed line up for 2017

Gearing up for the 2017 growing season, I have finally put together my seed list.

Some varieties are tried and true and among my favorites to grow, while other will be new to me and my garden and might be a push for a short growing season.

Drum roll......

BlueLake 274 53 daysRoyal Burgundy  55 days*new to the BeanstalkGold Crop 56 days*new to the Beanstalk
Tongue of Fire 60 days
🍃BEET Chioggia 55-65 days 🍃BROCCOLI Green Goliath 60-90 daysWaltham 29 85 days🍃BRUSSEL SPROUTS Long Island Improved 80-115 days *new to the Beanstalk 🍃CABBAGE Brunswick 85 days*new to the  BeanstalkGolden Acre  58 daysJanuary King 3  90-120daysPak Choi 30-45 days*new to the Beanstalk 🍃CARROT Tendersweet 75 days 🍃CAULIFLOWER Sicilian Violet  68 days🍃CORN Honey Select 79 days*new to the Beanstalk 🍃CUCUMBERS Boston Pickling 52 daysHomemade Pickles 54 days 🍃EGGPLANT Shooting Stars 57days*new to the Beanstalk
🍃KALE Scarlet Kale   55 days  Dinosaur Kale 70 days

🍃LETTUCE Tom Thumb 47 days Four Seasons 65 daysForellensch…

Good Bugs vrs. Bad Bugs

This is my first year growing Artichokes in my Zone 5b garden. I have read that if you start them early enough and transplant them in the garden when it's still cold enough, you can trick them into producing the first year.... 
I was super happy to see Artichokes forming on 3 of the 5 plants in the garden, with one exception....
Only one of the plants was completely coated in aphids and ants...the others were sparkly clean!
This plant still looked healthy and I didn't have anything on hand to organically treat and eradicate the aphids. I painfully made the decision to leave this Artichoke to it's unsightly demise as a sacrificial lamb.... In hopes the others would be spared from such an unsightly death.

After discussing this with my Garden club gals....One of the girls mentioned that sometimes if left alone the Ants are actually doing some farming of their own. 
Well, fast forward to today (12 days from the first photo)

The same Artichoke plant is completely and utterly w…