Category Archives: Edibles

Houston Urban Food Production Conference

Join us for the 2018 Houston Urban Food Production Conference, which will be held at the University of Houston Downtown, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year’s program features a Commercial Track, a Backyard Gardener Track, and a Business Start-Up Track. Betti Wiggins, Houston Independent School District Officer of Nutritional Services will kick off the event with a special keynote presentation on Food Literacy and Its Impact on the Food System. General admission is $50 and includes lunch. A discount rate of $30 is available… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 7 (4/14/16)

The last day of the CA Spring Trials is here and we will be visiting Benary and Pacific Plug & Liners in Watsonville, CA. After driving approximately 1000 miles from San Diego to San Jose we will have visited many plant breeding companies and seen many new promising plants. Let’s see what caught my attention today. Success Trailing Petunias is a new spreading series from Benary. The series has a strong color range and uniform plant habit. BIG Begonia from Benary is a vigorous well-branched landscape begonia. Funky… Read More →

CAST (California Spring Trials) Day 5 (4/12/16)

Day 5 brings us to Salinas, CA to visit the Sakata, Takii and Speedling facilities. Each day brings more and more interesting plants. Let’s take a look at what they had to offer. SuperCal Petunia is a calibrachoa x petunia hybrid from Sakata. The series has an excellent color range and flower size. Red Robin Tomato from Sakata will be a great choice for container production. The compact habit and dense branching will provide plenty of tomatoes throughout the season. Salvia Summer Jewell Series (Salvia coccinea) from Takii… Read More →

Beneficial Insects: Green Lacewings

The green lacewing (Chrysoperla sp.) is a common beneficial insect found in the landscape. They are a generalist predator best known for feeding on aphids, but will also control mites and other soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs and whiteflies. The adult green lacewing has a long slender green body and golden eyes. It has prominent wings with lace-like veins. An adult will be approximately 0.75” in length. They are typically night flying insects.  Females can lay up to 200 tiny, oblong eggs on silken stalks attached… Read More →

Citrus Leaf Miner

We receive many calls and plant samples each year from home citrus trees infested with the citrus leaf miner (Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton). This insect is a tiny moth that lays an egg under the leaf from which a larvae hatches that burrows into the leaf. The larvae then tunnels around in a serpentine pattern between the leaf surfaces (hence its name “leaf miner”) leaving a whitish, silvery winding pathway through the leaf. Damage from this pest causes citrus foliage to cup and twist, creating a malformed leaf. After… Read More →

Finding Leaf-footed Bugs in Your Tomatoes?

It’s that time of the year to see leaf-footed bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) damage. The leaf-footed bug belongs to the order Hemiptera, the true bug family. Adult leaf-footed bugs get their name from the flattened, leaf like flare on the lower portion of the back legs or tibia. The adult body can be a greenish gray to black, about ¾” inch-long, with upwardly pointed structures on what we would think of as the shoulders. They are hard bodied which makes them somewhat difficult to control. Juveniles (nymphs) are smaller… Read More →