Gardener's Blog

All about Agastache & Aeonium

Agastache (pronounced ah-gas-TAH-kee-whew!) This perennial herb (also Sloat's plant pick of the month) is also called “Hummingbird Mint” or “Anise Hyssop”, the flower spikes not only attract… Read More

Fun facts about native bees

Native bees need more pollen than nectar, as pollen is rich in protein and able to be stockpiled for larvae to eat as they overwinter… Read More

Join the Buzz: plants for pollinators!

There are many plants that will attract pollinators to your garden - butterflies, bees (many varieties besides the bumble and honeybee), and other beneficial insects such… Read More

Good Bug Tub

One way to encourage visiting beneficials to be permanent pest patrollers is to grow flowers that are good producers of nectar and pollen; with your help… Read More

Beneficials in action

Beneficials in action at our Martinez store -- a guest brought in aphid covered leaves.  When we examined them we discovered these syrphid fly / hoverfly larvae having quite a feast!  … Read More

A ladybug question is answered!

QUESTION: I bought a box of ladybugs a couple weeks ago and released them next to my rose plants to control aphids. The ladybugs passed by aphids… Read More

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