WesternGardener, contributor | April 13th, 20131 comment
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.
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.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | April 24th, 20093 comments
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.
ChrisMcLaughlin, contributor | March 19th, 20093 comments
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.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | March 11th, 20094 comments
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.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | August 7th, 20082 comments
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.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | August 6th, 20083 comments
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.