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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 […]

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 […]

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away

Slug control products are flying off the shelves as gardeners desperately seek ways to protect their hostas, strawberries and lettuce from these slimy and voracious pests. Snails and slugs leave slimy trails and holes in foliage, flower buds, and fruit as they feed. It’s been a wet summer in the Northeast and nearly every day […]

Chuck Attack!

Chuck Attack!

The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever. My nemesis The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. They’ve even […]

Praying Predators

Praying Predators

New residents fill contact center with excitement. One of the immature mantids. It was a frosty January morning when I arrived at my desk in the Gardener’s Supply call center to find a small box and a note. The box contained about 15 praying mantid egg cases; the note read: “These came in unsolicited; we […]

Woodchuck Foiled

Woodchuck Foiled

Gardener saves salad from neighborhood bullies. The Pop-Up Net can be used over a 3×3-foot bed (as shown) or anchored right to the ground. It’s the time of year when I walk the perimeter of our backyard and make repairs to the fence. It’s the only thing that separates our perennials from the gang of […]

Biopesticides

Biopesticides

Control pests with environmentally-friendly substances derived from natural sources. Delphinium seedlings are prone to damping-off disease. The sowing instructions for the delphinium seed I ordered from New Zealand recommend adding a fungus to the germinating mix. Say again? Researchers discovered that a beneficial trichoderma fungus protects plant roots from other, disease-causing, fungi. The trichoderma fungus […]

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