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Book Review - Good Bug Bad Bug

Book Review - Good Bug Bad Bug

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Good Bug Bad Bug, by Jessica Walliser, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common garden pests and beneficial insects.

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How to Protect Your Garden Naturally

How to Protect Your Garden Naturally

If you’re tired of fighting pests in your garden, you need to arm yourself with Ed Rosenthal’s new book. "Protect Your Garden" is a troubleshooting guide for growing a healthy garden for you and your pets.

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Book Review: Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Book Review: Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Texas Bug Book is a glossary of the most common pests and beneficials around the garden.

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Some thoughts on Groundhog Day

Some thoughts on Groundhog Day

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You say groundhogs, I say woodchucks. Either way, February 2 is their special day.

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Video: Squash Bug Control

Video: Squash Bug Control

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Here are some organic solutions to control squash bugs, featuring an insecticidal soap recipe.

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QUESTION: Japanese Beetles

QUESTION: Japanese Beetles

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The Japanese beetles are back.  I hand pick them or knock them into soapy water in a little dish.  They drown immediately but I am wondering if there is another way to trap them.  I do...

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Pest-Fighting Flowers

Pest-Fighting Flowers

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Growing flowers alongside your veggies can greatly help in the fight against pests.

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QUESTION: Help! Nematodes Are Killing My Beloved Tomatoes

QUESTION: Help! Nematodes Are Killing My Beloved Tomatoes

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Okay, so I'm only a second season backyard gardener and for gardening info, I'm based in Southern California, a few blocks from the ocean. We put in two 4x6 beds last year and had bumper crops...

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Control Colorado Potato Beetle with a Mix of Strategies

Control Colorado Potato Beetle with a Mix of Strategies

The Colorado potato beetle has become resistant to a number of commercial pesticides. Fortunately, there are physical, horticultural, and biological controls to choose from. Most likely, a mix of strategies will be most effective.

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Bacillus thuringiensis: A Natural and Safe Microbial Pesticide

Bacillus thuringiensis: A Natural and Safe Microbial Pesticide

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In addition to being a convenient way to control pests, Bt is also a good way to maintain the natural equilibrium of the ecosystem in your garden.

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Protect Your Garden from Woodchucks

Protect Your Garden from Woodchucks

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Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are common suburban mammals that can chomp your plants to shreds. In this article, a wildlife biologist describes the habits of the beast and reviews the options for keeping your garden safe.

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Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

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Rabbits, be they jackrabbits or cottontails, can devastate your vegetable garden. Here's how to keep rabbits out of your vegetable garden without doing them harm.

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Controlling Aphids in Your Garden

Controlling Aphids in Your Garden

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Aphids are those little pear-shaped gals that congregate around the undersides of leaves or the terminal buds on your rose bushes. You won’t be bothered by them in numbers of two or three, but when the situation resembles a Rolling Stones concert – that’s when you’ll sit up and take notice.

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Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Adult cucumber beetles and their larval form, the corn rootworm, can wreak havoc with corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and the leaves of legumes. Fortunately for the gardener, there are several "least toxic" methods for controlling these voracious garden pests.

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Oh, Deer

Oh, Deer

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Is there any way to prevent crop razing? Topics discussed in this article include dogs, repellents, behavior modification, and fences.

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Tales of Silver Trails: Managing Slugs and Snails

Tales of Silver Trails: Managing Slugs and Snails

Before resorting to chemical treatment, try one of the many less toxic ways to control these voracious pests.

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A Least Toxic Approach to Pesticides

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Nobody likes garden pests. Here are some tips for managing them without endangering yourself and your surroundings.

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Aphids Ain't All Bad

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It’s hard to think kindly of aphids, those pesky green bugs that suck the life juices from plants, but we probably should. Aphids are the base of many food chains in the garden, playing an important role like that of small rodents in grassland ecosystems.

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Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

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If your squash plants are wilting, it may be because of squash vine borers. Here are some basic steps to figure out what’s wrong, and then to decide on a logical pest-control strategy.

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A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

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With regular observation, good gardeners catch potential problems before they become severe. By hand-picking, squashing, or pruning off insects pests, they're not likely to multiply beyond control. Helping beneficial insects flourish is extremely important as well.

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