Plant a diversity of tomato varieties to reduce the possibility of disease.
Like many gardeners who lost their tomato crop to late blight last year, I’m wondering: How can I make sure it doesn’t happen again this year? Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
Early blight. Photo courtesy of Meg McGrath, Cornell University
A spell of cool, rainy weather in many parts of the country has created the ideal environment for tomato diseases to flourish. Fungal diseases like late blight, anthracnose and septoria leaf spot spread like wildfire on wet leaves. For many tomato growers, the question isn’ [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When aphids strike your houseplants, it’s fairly easy to gain control.
Aphids suck the juice out of tender leaves, flowers, buds and stems, leaving sticky residue and discarded exoskeletons.
Stickiness. Uh-oh. Tropical houseplants jostle for space under the grow lights in my basement from October to May, waiting for the summe [...]
A tomato with blossom-end rot.
A water-soaked spot at the blossom end of tomato fruits is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem is not a disease, but rather a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber and melon fruits as well as tomat [...]
White-nose syndrome (WNS) has decimated the bat population in the eastern U.S. since 2006. There are no solutions yet, but there are reasons for hope. Nina Fascione, executive director of Bat Conservation International, gives an update on the disease.
Little brown bats with white-nose syndrome. Photo courtesy Nancy Heaslip, New York Dep [...]
What to do with bearded irises when the show is over.
Majestic, tall bearded irises reign in the early summer garden. Photo from the garden of Leo Vandervlugt, president of Dutch Gardens.
By mid-summer, nothing remains of my bearded irises’ glorious color and fanfare. The tall, once-stately stalks hold nothing but shriveled brown f [...]