Late blight on tomato foliage. Photo courtesy Meg McGrath, Cornell University
Late blight, a disease that strikes tomatoes and potatoes, can quickly ruin an entire crop — and provide a source of infection for other plants. So far this growing season, the disease has been confirmed in Florida and up the East Coast up to Pennsylvania and New Yo [...]
Lily leaf beetle larvae, left, and the beetle form.
Gardeners in the Northeast are getting to know the lily leaf beetle, a destructive pest that attacks Asiatic and Oriental lilies — as well as similar species. One of the best hopes for control at this point is a parasitic insect, which has been released in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Ha [...]
Our Super Slim Hose, left, and Super Slim Coil Hose, right, are made from drinking water-safe polyurethane.
A spate of recent news stories have cited a May 2012 study by the Ecology Center that recommends that homeowners seek drinking water-safe garden hoses. The study highlights the potential health hazards of drinking water from some types [...]
Before: A 4×8 raised bed after a long winter and spring, filled with weeds from wind-blown seeds.
How long does it take to weed your garden? In just 12 minutes, I was able to take a weedy 4×8 raised bed and make it ready for planting.
The before-and-after photos show one of the big benefits of raised bed gardening: Pulling weeds [...]
This honeybee is dusted with yellow pollen, which it will inadvertently transfer to other flowers as it gathers nectar and pollen to bring back to the nest. Photo: Suzanne DeJohn
It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy e [...]
The Elevated Cedar Raised Bed, augmented with a cold-frame top.
Another great idea from one of our customers: Rose Deskavich, who gardens in western Massachusetts, modified her Elevated Raised Bed, adding a custom cold frame so she could grow greens, parsley and chives through the winter. “During warm weather, I do not take the top o [...]
The staked stem of our Himalayan banana tree, growing in Burlington, VT.
For many years, we have grown banana trees in our garden. Not for the fruit, but for the large, tropical leaves and the unlikely accent they add to our Vermont gardens.
In fall, I dig up the plants and drag the heavy clumps — wrapped in burlap — into the basement for [...]
Dog tick. Photo: Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Image Library
Bug Ankle Guards have fine, hexagonal mesh that excludes ticks and all but the tiniest insects.
In addition to their disease-transmitting capacity, ticks are just plain creepy. These bloodsuckers attach themselves leechlike to your skin whi [...]