Cutworms are the larvae—or caterpillars—of a number of different night-flying moth species. Living up to their name, these pesky larvae cut down young plants at the soil surface or below when they feed. Although they do not cause damage once … Read Article
What is winter moth and what can I do about it?
If you live in a light green area of this map, you probably don’t need to read further. However, if you live in or visit the yellow or red areas, read on. The map came out of a study on … Read Article
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? Read Article
Good Bug Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically by Jessica Walliser 95 pages St. Lynn’s Press, 2nd Edition, Updated, 2011 List price: $17.95 The fact that this book is in its Second Edition … Read Article
Read up on signs of spider mites and how to get rid of them. Read Article
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 … Read Article
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” … Read Article
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.
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 … Read Article
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.