Pests & Diseases

Peony Problem

Question: At the end of every summer a “white film” forms on my ‘Festiva Maxima’ peony and eventually encompasses the plant. The branches are cut off at the ground in early November and put in the trash. What is this …

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Year of the Mosquito

The spring and early summer of 2011 have seen record-setting floods in the Mississippi River basin and high rainfall amounts in much of the United States. Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association, predicts “a bumper crop” …

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Using Glyphosate

Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed weeds were plants for which we have not found a use in the garden. I see it differently. To me, weeds are plants that have found a use for my garden. Or should I say a …

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A Plant that Deters Deer

This tip was offered by a guest at our Smart Gardening Workshop on “Deer-Resistant Gardening”. See what plant you might try as a way to ward off deer.