Stuart McMillan works as an organic inspector in Manitoba and frequently can be found in a field with his nose in a flower or close to the ground. He welcomes questions and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a huge variety of mites, most of which cause no problem to crops. While mites can be problematic pests, the combination of management, biological and botanical controls can keep them in check.
Blue Lagoon Florascape is operated by the Regnier family—Rene and Lori Ann, along with their adult son Stefan. The Regniers are part of the increasing number of vegetable farmers who are trying to make local food production in the prairies a viable prospect.
The first time I saw it, I was amazed. It was not a pepper plant. It could only be described as a pepper bush. The plant was 3½-ft (1-m) wide with fat woody stems, abundant foliage, and a heavy crop of perfect orange habanero peppers. It was a two-year-old plant growing in a fifteen-gallon pot.
Minute pirate bugs are common insect predators found in gardens, fields, orchards and surrounding areas. Even though they occur across Canada in many different habitats they are often overlooked. But don’t let their small size fool you, minute pirate bugs have a big impact on a wide variety of common pests.
Most organic growers know that a huge number of living organisms are found in just a spoonful of soil. But this diversity is not evenly distributed. Much of soil could be viewed as a desert, but occasionally one comes to an oasis filled with life. These oases are where plant roots are.