A grove of trees in the kitchen, a two-story fern wall in the living room, and moss-covered pebble paths in the bedrooms—even in a wilderness glen, the Elok House would be remarkable.
As diners with wine glasses in hand stroll through the organic restaurant garden behind Mustards Grill in Yountville, California, they might spot shoots of French fingerlings, Russian banana fingerlings, purple Peruvian fingerlings, German butterball, and Mountain Rose plants. And those are just a few of the heirloom potatoes that they'll get to taste at Mustards Grill and Cindy Pawlcyn's other restaurants, Go Fish and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.
Prevention is key to organic pest control. Start by “creating a healthy growing environment,” says Jack Algiere of Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, New York. Also, be on the lookout for pests “before you see damage to your plants,” advises Peter Jacobsen of Jacobsen Orchards in Yountville, California. But what if pesky insects—like aphids, mites, or beetles—or powdery mildew won’t go away? Try these expert-recommended, eco-friendly solutions.