Sometimes I think that pests, like scales, aphids and mites adore my fruit trees as much as I do. They feast on the juicy tender plant parts in the warm summer and overwinter on my fruit trees. Dormant oil does help control these annoying little pests and homemade dormant oils are safe for use on … Read more
Need to stop rabbits from eating your garden? It has been a tough season for animal problems in the garden. On Feeding Rabbits… Did you ever raise rabbits as a child? I would be willing to bet that some of you did! I’d be hard pressed to think of an animal I didn’t raise! But … Read more
The slug… your adversary Slugs can be a very serious problem to you if you live in a moisture laden area of country. A single slug can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all; can turn a perfect plant into swiss cheese over night and return to … Read more
Use of organic sprays are more friendly to the environment. They are comprised of common organic materials, soaps and occasionally other environmentally friendly materials. They are often home brewed recipes that you can make and save money along the way. Or, if you are not inclined to make up a batch of your own, they are readily available at most garden supply stores.
Some plants do better when in the company of other plants for a variety of reasons…to repel harmful insects, to attract useful insects, or to enhance the growth rate and flavor of other plants. Companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system to your garden. Every garden is different with different problems. All problems will not be eliminated, but it is definitely worth experimenting with companion planting. Below are the top 10 plant companion combinations.
Squash bugs are seriously damaging pests. Seriously squish them before they get a foot hold! I abruptly encountered squash bugs for the first time when I came home from a 2 week hiatus from my home garden. My beautiful squash were all wilted over, yellowing, and SICK. As I drove up and saw them I … Read more
Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better. This is a serious mistake. Over-use of pesticides has a number of adverse effects: It makes your food less safe to eat, especially if there are … Read more
Organic gardeners have known it for generations. But scientists have now proved it. Extracts from black pepper discourage insect pests from laying eggs on leaves and pose lower risk to humans and the environment than other pesticides, according to a University of Ottawa researcher. Biologist Ian Scott and his research team have tested black pepper’s … Read more