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How Does Lettuce Get E. coli and How to Prevent it in a Home Garden

I love lettuce. It’s so easy to grow, it’s ready to harvest pretty quickly, and the multitude of varieties have so many different qualities. Who can deny the appeal of crunchy, slightly sweet lettuce on a sandwich? I also admit there’s something that bugs me: How does lettuce get E. coli?

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Prevent Food-borne Pathogens When Using Manure in Vegetable Gardens

As a kid, the thought of using manure in vegetable gardens turned my stomach. I think it’s because my opinions on manure were initially shaped by the Back to the Future trilogy. In each of the films, there’s a scene when either Biff or Buford crash into a pile of manure, then are publicly shamed while onlookers are understandably grossed out.

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An Edible Plant that Deters Mosquitoes for Your Vegetable Garden

I’d like to think that when I’m in my garden, I’m one with nature. With my hands in the warm soil, the smell of fresh vegetables in the air, and the songs of the goldfinch and wood thrush all around, it can feel that way. And then? Mosquitoes. Ugh. Those little devils can ruin the most peaceful, serene moments. I discovered a secret, though. There is a plant that deters mosquitoes. 

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How to Make Eco-Friendly Slug Repellent at Home

How could something so helpless like a slug cause so much damage in your garden? You might not always know you have a slug problem right away because slugs only come around at night and when it’s cloudy and rainy. But you’ll definitely notice their damage. You’ll see holes and jagged edges on your vegetable leaves and stems. You can tell if the slug damage is fresh by how rough the edges of the holes or bite marks look.

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What’s the Deal with Flies Eating Plants?

I love gardening. I also sometimes hate gardening. Well, hate might be a strong word. But we all have those immensely frustrating moments when it seems like everything goes wrong. Roots rotting. Leaves withering. Flies eating plants. Deer eating tomatoes.