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 [...]
Leek moths have been here: The crumbly “frass” indicates that leek moth larvae have been feeding on this garlic plant.
Leek moth damage on a garlic leaf
Sadly, we found evidence of the leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) in our garlic beds last week. The worst part about this is that the garlic was doing beautifully — it was the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Super Hoops — it’s a dramatic name for a simple product. But when you consider all the ways Super Hoops can help you in the garden, maybe that superhero name really does fit. And unlike single-wire hoops that tend to sway and flop, Super Hoops are made from two parallel, heavy-gauge wires joined by cross braces. The double-wire cons [...]
Convention is a source of inspiration to green industry professionals.
The jam-packed exhibition hall at the New England Grows event in Boston.
February is a slow month for garden and landscape businesses in New England. That makes it a perfect time for people in the gardening business (like me!) to visit New England Grows, the bigges [...]
Eggplants need plenty of sun to grow well.
With a growing interest in healthier diets and reducing meat consumption, the lowly eggplant is becoming quite a star. This is great news for gardeners, because it’s stimulating lots of new breeding efforts on the part of seed producers. We’re seeing interesting new varieties with bett [...]
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 [...]