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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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’ [...]
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 [...]
This combination features New Guinea impatiens, a type of impatiens that is not affected by the disease. Featured plants: Infinity White New Guinea impatiens, variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus), white licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) and Green spice heuchera. Photos: Courtesy of Proven Winners
Have you heard about the new disease [...]
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 [...]