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Posts in category Pests and Diseases

Jennifer’s Journal: TubTrug Innovations

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Monday, April 29 Planted Bloomsdale spinach, Pot of Gold Swiss chard and Strawberry Blonde calendula in what I imagine to be the most captivating pattern ever. Started seeds in our Grow Shelter. In addition to lettuces and various greens, I included a few flowers, as well as Burgundy okra, birdhouse gourds, and luffas in small […]

After the (Drought, Flood, Fire, Pest Outbreak)

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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 rejuvenate affected plantings and build […]

If Not Impatiens, What? Shady Solutions

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Have you heard about the new disease that’s wiping out impatiens across the country? Known as “impatiens downy mildew,” it can wipe out a drift of these summer annuals in short order. We experienced it last year, and learned more about it from Sally Roth in her recent blog post. After sharing the post it […]

It’s Not Too Early for Late Blight

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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 York, as well as in California. It is […]

A Mosquito Lure in Your Laundry Basket?

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Using a lure made from a blend of eight chemicals that mimic the odor of smelly socks, a researcher in Tanzania recently built a trap to attract and kill mosquitoes. It turns out that human foot odor is irresistible to mosquitoes. Using a lure made from a blend of eight chemicals that mimic the odor […]

Bedbugs are Back

A great alternative to chemical pesticides
Back when I was a kid, bedbugs were relegated to quaint good-night rituals. These nocturnal noshers were pretty much eradicated in the developed world by the 1940s. No one can say for sure why, but there’s been a rising incidence of bedbugs since the mid 1990s. Some people attribute it to an increase in international […]

Critter-Proofing Fall Bulbs

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“I’ve tried bulbs, but the squirrels dig them up.” “I planted tulips last year, but nothing came up in the spring. I think something ate the bulbs.” “The deer and bunnies get my tulips every spring. I love them, but it’s just not worth it.” Sound familiar? If you’re ready to try again, I’ve got […]

Worst Pest Scenario

Worst Pest Scenario
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 in the Northeast, I’ve concluded that none of these are the ultimate garden wrecker. The worst […]

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