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 [...]
There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control. Most backyard birds eat a combination of seeds, berries and insects.
A rose-breasted grosbeak
There are many reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here’s one more: pest control.
Most bac [...]
Our new lineup of products includes the Beneficial Bat House. Why “beneficial”? Because there are many ways that bats help gardeners and farmers. It’s worth the effort to welcome bats to your yard.
The Beneficial Bat House will accommodate about 30 bats.
Our new lineup of products includes the Beneficial Bat House. Wh [...]
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 thought of you. —Y [...]
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 [...]
Potatoes are an unusual crop in that you bury the plant as it grows.
Some quick gardening between rainstorms: I weeded beds and fertilized the tomatoes, thinned the newly planted lettuce and hilled all of the potatoes. I also set up a Small Animal Barrier to protect the lettuce from neighborhood critters.
At some point, as you [...]
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 [...]
Anna’s Hummingbird with nestlings. Photo: National Audubon Society (Paul Marto)
About the Writer
This post comes from an article written by Scott Weidensaul, which appeared in the May-June 2013 issue of Audubon Magazine. Reprinted with permission.
If you live in Vermont, consider attending Hummingbirds at Home, a workshop [...]