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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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DIY Raised Bed (Removable) Pest Gate

DIY Raised Bed (Removable) Pest Gate

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This do-it-yourself pest gate is removable and can help keep out unwanted guests.

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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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QUESTION: Tiny reddish-orange specks crawling on cement block and rock, what are they?

I bought some large Noyo rock (football size) and some cement retaining wall block. It's stacked and piled on a cement pad. I noticed tiny pin prick size reddish orange specks crawling all over them...

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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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QUESTION: Help! Birds are eating my tomatoes

QUESTION: Help! Birds are eating my tomatoes

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I have several tomato plants and as soon as one of the tomatoes get red and ripe almost ready to pick something comes along and takes bites out of it. I am pretty sure it is birds because it happens...

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Low-Cost Deer Defense

Low-Cost Deer Defense

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An easy, recyclable deer defense creates a visual moving barrier to keep deer out of the garden. Watch the video...

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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: Skunk or Squirrel?

QUESTION: Skunk or Squirrel?

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Every year without fail, my containers of herbs, flowering plants and tomatoes are "dug up" by an animal (not sure what animal it is just yet). It appears that what ever it is will dig them up at the...

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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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QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

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I'm so depressed. Every year mid-summer, pests swarm my community garden and kill every zucchini/squash plant in sight. Can you please help me name these bugs and get strategies to fight them in the...

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QUESTION: Are assassin bugs friend or foe to tomato plants?

QUESTION: Are assassin bugs friend or foe to tomato plants?

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I see assasin bugs on my tomatoes but not many other bugs. However several tomatoes were damaged and rotted on the plant before they were ripe. Will the assasin bugs cause any harm to the...

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A Gopher in Your Garden

A Gopher in Your Garden

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After watching these gardeners try every back-breaking, mind-numbing thing they could think of to protect their own, I've decided to throw in the towel before I ever break a sweat.

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QUESTION: Aphids

QUESTION: Aphids

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What is the best way to keep aphids off of my green pepper plant?

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QUESTION: Keeping Groundhogs Out of Raised Beds

QUESTION: Keeping Groundhogs Out of Raised Beds

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Groundhogs (aka woodchucks) dug under the gate and wiped out my cabbages. What can I do?

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Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray

Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray

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I have been making this spray for more than 20 years--I don't remember where the idea came from--perhaps an old issue of Organic Gardening or Mother Earth News. I do know that the recipe works. It is...

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Video: Controlling Apple Maggots

Video: Controlling Apple Maggots

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If you you live east of the Rockies and grow apple trees, you've probably been "bugged" by apple maggots, or railroad worms. Luckily, apple maggots are easy to control without spraying. Here's how to create a simple pesticide-free trap for just a few dollars.

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