Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is caused by parasitic fungi of the family Peronosporaceae, a group of water molds. The resulting disease is quite common in humid climates, affecting most of the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and grasses that gardeners like to grow. This mildew tends to overwinter in old plant matter. Unfortunately, it also has a remarkable ability…… Continue reading Downy Mildew

Brown Rot

Brown rot is a serious disease of fruits and almonds caused by fungi Monolinia fructicola and Monolinia laxa. The fruits most susceptible to the fungus are: Peaches.Nectarines.Plums.Apricots.Cherries.Almonds. However, apples and pears are infected with brown rot on occasion. The fungus grows and multiplies rapidly in wet weather, entering plants through wounds. It survives the winter…… Continue reading Brown Rot

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot may look like some type of dreaded bacterial disease, but it is actually a symptom of nutritional deficiency. Affected plants include: Tomatoes.Peppers.Eggplants.Squash.Watermelons. When blossom end rot strikes, your plants are signalling that they are deficient in calcium. Calcium is an important part of the cell walls of fruits and vegetables. When calcium…… Continue reading Blossom End Rot


Anthracnose, also called bird’s-eye spot, is a disease caused by several similar species of fungus.  These fungi affect many plants: Snap beans.Turnips.Cucumbers.Squash.Peppers.Tomatoes.Eggplants.Brambles.Shade trees, particularly sycamore and ash.Turfgrass. Athracnose development is favored by wet conditions and temperatures between 75°F and 85°F.  It spends the winter in dead plant matter and is spread by rain, wind, insects,…… Continue reading Anthracnose

New Compact Family Garden Journal Available

The Family Garden Journal published by Homestead on the Range is now better than ever! We have released a new compact edition that is easier to carry, but still contains plenty of room for logging your family’s daily plans, observations, and harvests. Develop your green thumb while creating a keepsake: Start by planning for success…… Continue reading New Compact Family Garden Journal Available

Get Ready for June 2016

June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work.Brush up on your mandolin technique.Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days.Discover the story of the Stetson hat.Make a strawberry shortcake.Collect five things every beginning charcoal artist needs.Consider…… Continue reading Get Ready for June 2016