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 [...]
Leek moths have been here: The crumbly “frass” indicates that leek moth larvae have been feeding on this garlic plant.
Leek moth damage on a garlic leaf
Sadly, we found evidence of the leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) in our garlic beds last week. The worst part about this is that the garlic was doing beautifully — it was the [...]
Products with spinosad offer one more control option for lily leaf beetles.
Flower gardeners are a peaceful lot—at least until someone comes between them and their favorite blooms. Then, they get mean. At least some of us do.
It was about three years ago that I first heard whisperings in the halls at Gardener’s Supply of a new [...]
When you’re deciding how to manage pests in your garden and landscape, keep this in mind: First, do no harm. The vast majority of garden visitors are either helpful or harmless.
Learn to identify ladybug larvae, right. They are major aphid eaters.
Read Most Bugs are Good Bugs for more detail and photos of benefi [...]
There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control. Most backyard birds eat a combination of seeds, berries and insects.
A rose-breasted grosbeak
There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control.
Most bac [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
If you want to attract butterflies, it’s important to think about caterpillars. My favorites, the moths, begin life as caterpillars, too. Start by choosing plants that will provide food for the hatching caterpillars.
This is a promethea moth (woodland moth) that I raised from an egg.
The caterpillar of the promethea moth.
Swarms of biting black flies dampen my gardening enthusiasm from mid-May to September frost.
I’m often asked, “What’s the worst pest in your garden?” After cultivating this plot of land for 20+ years and coping with potato, asparagus and Japanese beetles, deer, voles, chipmunks, slugs, snails, and every known borer, caterpillar, and curculio [...]