Tag Archives: pests

Solarizing Soil

We want to clear an area of lawn and replace it with a vegetable garden. I’ve heard of “solarizing”—can you tell me if this would be the best way to go and can we do it over the winter so we’ll be ready to plant in spring?

Book Review: Wicked Bugs

Wicked Bugs The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart 288 pages Algonquin Books, 2011 List Price: $18.95 In the spirit of the wildly successful Wicked Plants, author Amy Stewart has done it again. This …

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” …

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.

Garden How-To :: Episode 10: All Garden Bugs

In this episode of Garden How-To, Kathy Cropp discusses beneficial and damaging insects commonly encountered in gardens. She interviews her daughter, Darcy Cropp, a certified pesticide applicator and market grower of flowers and vegetables, for her perspective. This episode includes …

Deer-Resistant Landscaping

It is far beyond frustrating to spend good time, energy and money planning and planting a beautiful garden only to watch deer treat it as a personal all-you-can-eat buffet.

Deer-resistant Shrubs

This past winter the deer ate several of my shrubs that I was told they wouldn’t touch, including hollies and some low roses. Can you recommend some truly deer-resistant shrubs?

Keeping Woodchucks Out

Something has been eating my tomatoes, and over the weekend I saw the culprit. A woodchuck waddled over, reached up, bent a branch down and grabbed a tomato! How can I keep woodchucks out of my vegetable garden?