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2015 All-America Selections Squash Winners
Nutritious, tasty and of course prolific are three words that describe zucchini. Add a pretty twist to your garden with Bossa squash and other 2015 All-America Selections vegetable winners.
A New Invasive Insect Pest
Gardeners, be on the lookout for invasive insects. You've probably heard about the Asian Long horn beetle and more than 24 states and several provinces in Canada have found Emerald Ash borers (pictured here) feeding on native and landscape ash trees. The latest invader, the lanternfly, was discovered just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September.
Attract Beneficial Insects with Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Many gardeners know and grow bee balm (Monarda dydima), but its beautiful mildew resistant cousin spotted bee balm is often overlooked.
Attract Insect Eating Toads to the Garden
Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits.
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Bats - Nature's Pest Controller
Paper silhouettes of bats mounted on the wall, carved into pumpkins or hanging from the ceiling are a common sight around Halloween. But they really should be considered a good friend to gardeners.
Blossom Drop and Fruit Rot on Vegetables
Don't let blossom drop and fruit rot reduce this season's harvest. A few adjustments in your garden care can help reduce the risk.
Creating a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt
Your cucumber plants start out great and suddenly wilt and seem to die overnight. The problem is bacterial wilt, but the real culprit is the yellow and green striped, banded or spotted cucumber beetle.
Dragon and Damselflies - Nature's Prehistoric Insect Hunters
Attract a few of nature's prehistoric insect hunters, the dragonflies and damselflies, to your garden. You'll enjoy their beauty, acrobatics and fewer insects thanks to their eating habits.
Eco-friendly Control of Asparagus Beetles
You wait all winter for your asparagus harvest and so do the common and spotted asparagus beetles.
Eco-friendly Control of Bean Beetles
Holes in the leaves of bean plants mean insects have moved in to share the harvest. Don't fret there are some easy ways to manage these pests.
Eco-friendly Insect Control
Every garden season is filled with beautiful or tasty surprises and a few challenges. You can prevent or reduce challenges and damage caused by insect pests and still be kind to the environment.
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Fall Décor for Your Landscape
The cooler temperatures of fall signal a change of season and an opportunity to add some fall décor to the landscape.
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Lumps on leaves and bumps on stems have your landscape plants looking like something from a horror movie.
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Grow a Pickle in a Bottle
Add some mystery and fun to this season's harvest by growing a pickle in a bottle.
Grow Some Homemade Soup for Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Homemade Soup Day by sharing a bowl of soup with the ones you love. And while you sip some soup, start planning the soup ingredients you’ll grow in this year’s garden.
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds.
House Centipedes, Nature's Pest Controller
Think twice before smashing that centipede you find scurrying across the basement floor. It's helping keep the bad bugs under control.
Invite Frogs and Toads into the Garden
Celebrate National Frog Month by inviting insect and slug-eating toads and frogs into your garden.
Inviting Spiders in the Garden and Managing Them in Your Home
Halloween, scary movies, and myths have given spiders a bad reputation. Don’t let this bad press scare you into destroying these garden helpers.
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Low Maintenance Eco-Friendly Garden Tips
Reduce maintenance and be kind to the environment with a few simple changes in your gardening practices.
Be waterwise. Reduce water use by growing drought tolerant plants and mulching the soil to conserve water. And always water thoroughly and only when needed to encourage deep, more drought tolerant roots.
Managing Boxelder Bugs
Black and orange bugs congregated on the sunny side of your house in fall are likely boxelder bugs. They are not harmful to plants and people, but certainly are annoying.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest.
Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles Move Indoors
As seasons change many insects are looking for a sheltered space to spend the winter. This includes the multi-colored Asian Lady beetles that can become a nuisance when moving into and congregating in your home for the winter.
National Acorn Squash Day
Bake it, broil it, microwave it or stuff it– acorn squash that is. And if you didn't grow your own, visit the Farmer's Market and buy it.
National Zucchini Day
Celebrate National Zucchini Day, August 8th, by adding fresh zucchini to your relish tray, frying it with onions as a side or by leaving a few of the baseball bat sized fruit on your neighbor’s front porch. Just be sure to ring the bell and run.
Nature's Pest Manager, the Soldier Beetle
Stop, don't smash that insect. Take a closer look, it may be one of the beneficial insects helping keep garden pests under control.
New Ways to Display Pumpkins
Fall is pumpkin time. Find new ways to display these fall favorites.
Organic Pest Control Products
Consider organic pest products when you need to manage weeds, insects and diseases in the garden.
Pine Needle Scale
White flecks on your mugo pine does not mean the house painter was careless. It's more likely that your evergreen is infested with pine needle scale.
Plan and Plant Now for a Bountiful Fall Harvest
Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest.
Poor Fruiting on Cucumber, Squash and Other Vine Crops
Your plants look great, loaded with healthy leaves and flowers, but there is still no fruit. This is a common complaint I hear from gardeners growing squash, cucumbers and other vine crops.
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Poor Melon Harvest - Few and Tasteless Fruit
It's not your fault. Blame it on the weather when your muskmelon harvest is small or the fruit is tasteless.
You'll notice muskmelons lack the usual sweet flavor when the weather is dark and cloudy. Overwatering or excess rainfall as the melons ripen also dilutes the sweet flavor.
Poor pollination explains the lack of fruit. The first set of flowers are all male. The second set are male and female so pollination and fertilization can occur for fruit to develop. Cold rain and cloudy conditions can reduce pollination. Make sure to grow bee friendly plants in your landscape.
Very hot weather and drought can also prevent fruit development. Be sure to water plants thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Mulch with straw, shredded leaves or other organic matter to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
A bit more information: Water properly throughout the season, manage weeds and mulch the soil. Keeping plants healthy reduces the risk of diseases that can also impact the fruit's flavor.
Help the pollinators and add a bit of unique beauty to your garden with Rattlesnake Master.
Safely Store Landscape Products
Whether you’ve gone organic or use traditional fertilizers and pest management products you need to store them properly for safety’s sake and their longevity.
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Save Money by Starting Plants from Seed Directly in the Garden
Maximize your plant budget and enjoyment by starting plants from seeds right in the garden.
Scarlet Lily Beetle
Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden.
Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Night
Once again it's time to celebrate Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Night. August 8th, National Zucchini Day, inspired Pennsylvania gardeners Tom and Ruth Roy to encourage gardeners to share their excess zucchini with neighbors.
Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips
Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.
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No, the neighborhood kids have not been spitting in your garden. The spittlebug, also known as the froghopper, is the culprit.
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Spots, Stripes and Unusual Squash Fruit
Spotted acorn squash, striped zucchini and warty pumpkins are sometimes found on volunteer plants growing in gardens and compost piles. No need to worry, most are edible but not always as tasty as the original variety.
Squash Vine Borer
All your hard work is paying off with an abundant harvest. Then, one day you notice your squash plants are wilted and near death.
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Storing Squash for Winter
Continue enjoying homegrown flavor of squash throughout much of the winter.
Test Before Treating the Lawn
Insects can damage our lawns, but many of the insects in the soil are essential for creating and maintaining healthy soil and plants. So make sure insects are the cause of your failing lawn before breaking out the sprayer.
Use Row Cover for Chemical-Free Insect Control
Prevent insect damage on your vegetables with the help of floating row covers. These spun fabrics let air, light and water through, but prevent many insects from reaching the plants.
You Can Plant Cucumbers Next to Pumpkins
The old adage "don't plant your cucumbers next to your pumpkins" is not true. You can plant pumpkins next to other squash, melons and cucumbers.