Whether you live in the city, the country, or somewhere in between, walking into your garden to discover beloved plants disappearing is not entirely uncommon. I live in the country and my disappearing plants have something to do with small (and even large) animals but when I lived and worked in the city, things went missing for an entirely different reason.
For the last two weeks I've had an uninvited guest in my Brussels sprouts. I searched the leaves and hunted for bugs, worms, moths, rats — anything! Finally I found my evidence of what was snacking on my tasty greens. Do you know what a cabbage worm is? I do now!
So I was very unhappy to learn a couple of days ago that the "flying ants" that have invaded my house in the last couple of weeks are actually termites. They, and the strange brown long-legged spiders that appeared about the same time, are not welcome additions to my home. Though the pest guys are coming to spray while I am out of town, I wonder if any readers have any helpful hints on keeping these pests at bay?
Usually we try and come up with green ways to rid ants from our homes but a BKLYN Design exhibitor had a different idea—bring them into your home as art! The FRAMEicarium is a larger than life ant farm designed to rid your home of boring walls.
It's back! I just noticed the first spots on my fading peony plants. I was hoping that with the reduction of shade trees in my garden and with the increase in airflow through extensive pruning and reorganizing that I might have nipped my annual powdery mildew problem in the bud. I guess these preventative measure just weren't quite enough so it's time to up the ante before things get really out of control.
Q:I tried searching your site and sister sites for green suggestions about how to keep aphids away from edible garden plants (like herbs, tomatoes, etc.). Was this topic ever covered here? If so, may I please have someone help direct me to this post? If not, can we please have a post or a reader forum covering this topic? Any help would be appreciated.
Although most inner city gardeners don't have to worry about rogue deer hopping up on the balcony and snacking on their summer fare, deer can be a real problem in slightly more suburban and rural areas. Did you know you can help keep them away by what you plant in your garden?
With summer dawning, we're all spending lots of time outside, enjoying the fresh air and good weather. But we're not the only ones emerging from our cocoons; lots of bugs are also making an appearance. Here are our favorite tips, tricks and gadgets for keeping the pests away while you play.
Porches are an summer house essential — they let you enjoy a sunny day in the shade, extend the seasons, and if you're lucky, they have screens to shield you from pestering bugs. Even if you don't have one, these images are a great way to imagine a relaxing summer's day...
I was raised by gardeners to be a gardener but back when I was a kid, my parents had no idea about the 'down the road' repercussions of the poisons they frequently used to control garden pests. These days, armed with a little more knowledge of organic practices, I have a basic three pronged approach that covers off at least 90% of the troubles I encounter.