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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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All About Pickling Cucumbers

All About Pickling Cucumbers

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Compact varieties grow fast in almost any amount of space, in this article you'll learn how to select, plant, water, and use this versatile vegetable without pickling them. You'll also find out how to protect your crop against the cucumber beetle.

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Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

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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

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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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Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

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The name cutworm is applied to the larvae of about 200 species of night-flying moths. Here's how to control them in your garden.

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Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

When faced with the need to use an insecticide, here are a few guidelines to using the least-toxic ones.

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The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

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One of the surest ways to healthy, productive tomato plants is a strategy that prevents tomato diseases.

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Monitor for Signs of Trouble

Monitor for Signs of Trouble

To reduce pest problems in your garden, combine a number of strategies and monitor the garden regularly.

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Controlling Scales, a Common Pest of Fruit Trees

Scale insects can be serious pests for fruit and nut trees, currants, grapes, and raspberries. Here's how to deal with them.

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How to Control Slugs in Your Garden

How to Control Slugs in Your Garden

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Some species of slugs can eat their weight in plants every day. Sharon Collman explains how to outsmart them and save your garden from taking a licking

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Keep Cabbage-Loving Caterpillars in Check

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Identification, row covers, natural enemies, and Bt keep cabbage caterpillars from making your cole crops look like Swiss cheese.

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