Gardener's Blog

Tobacco budworms are back

The tobacco budworms are back. These caterpillars are very good at camouflage, taking on the color tint of the flowers they eat. The adults are moths… Read More

Syrphid flies eat aphids!

The larvae of syrphid flies resemble a green caterpillar, and the adults are often confused with bees. They do in fact eat aphids with relish! Read more… 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

Learn about companion planting

Companion planting is the practice of combining plants in ways that produce extra benefits for one or both. It is an aspect of IPM (Integrated Pest… Read More

Thrips on the loose in your garden

With the onset of warm weather, we're hearing reports of thrips damage. These destructive insects wreck havoc in gardens, so we're devoting time to learning more… Read More


Aphids are small soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. The whitish cast skins can be mistaken for whiteflies, an entirely different problem. That’s why it’s always… Read More

Meet the beneficials

Predators hunt, attack, and kill their prey. Encourage these natural enemies by avoiding pesticides that kill them; choosing plants that provide them pollen, nectar, and shelter… Read More

The spittle bugs have returned!

The spittle bugs have returned. Soon you will start to see globs of foam on some perennials, grasses and leafy shrubs that resembles, well, spit. Spittle bugs… Read More

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