5 Steps to Creating Resilient Gardens and Landscapes
Record-breaking droughts, floods and wildfires, as well as outbreaks of diseases and insects, have taken their toll on garden and landscape plants nationwide. Although it’s impossible to fully insulate your gardens and landscape against damage, there are steps you can take to rejuven [...]
Gardener’s Supply has created a free interactive tool that makes it easier for gardeners to identify pest and disease problems, and determine effective, earth-friendly solutions.
The tomato hornworm. Learn more about this foe in our Pest and Disease Detective.
Late blight was a major problem for gardeners in 2009.
The 2009 growing sea [...]
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 [...]
Opuntia cactus covered with white scale insects.
I hate scale. This persistent insect pest eventually caused the untimely death of my prized Meyer lemon tree. During the annual winter infestations, I would try to keep the insect in check with periodic applications of Neem oil, but after several years of battle, I grew weary of fightin [...]
Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s hea [...]
Over the years, I have become a firm believer in the importance of fertilizing plants.
One of my favorite pots this season (see plant list below) with two of the three fertilizers that I’m applying and one of my trusty watering cans.
Over the years, I have become a firm believer in the importance of fertilizing plants. Now, when [...]
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 [...]
Online resources can help you find the best solutions for control of pests and diseases.
Beneficial praying mantises eat insects that damage garden plants.
The azalea looked healthy and happy last week. The shrub was full of leafy new growth and loaded with flower buds. This morning, all that remains are the flower buds—every leaf has [...]