Pests

No Weeds: How I Plant Seeds and Seedlings Through Paper

Newspaper mulching, as I described in detail in an earlier post, is the easiest way to keep beds weed-free for an entire season. But how do you plant seeds and seedlings when weed-smothering paper is in place? I'm so glad you asked. Here's the how-to: Read more »

The Organic Way to Beautiful Roses

Many years ago, I decided to never use chemicals in my rose beds, nor anywhere else on this property.  And today, when the roses are in bloom, I can freely eat their fragrant petals without fear of getting sick. Candied rose petals are delightful on this Queen Victoria Cake. Read more »

Woodchuck Woes

Who's been nibbling the parsley in my herb garden? Meet Woody the Woodchuck! How this critter entered the fenced-in plot, and the steps I'm taking to thwart his wicked ways: Read more »

How to Protect Bulbs from Squirrels

SQUIRRELS STEALING YOUR NEWLY-PLANTED BULBS? Don't get mad...get creative! Based on my own experience, it's easy enough to outwit these long-tailed bandits. You simply have to think like a squirrel. Read more »

Waging War on the Lily Leaf Beetle

I HOPE YOUR LILIES ARE SAFE AND SOUND. Mine, alas, are not. They've been ravaged by Lilioceris lilii -- the scarlet-topped insect you see pictured above. More about this "Lily Leaf Beetle," and the cartwheels I'm performing in order to save my plants: Read more »

How I Smother Weeds with Newspaper

WHEN WEEDS INVADE MY PERENNIAL BEDS, I don't get mad -- I get newspaper. Newspaper-mulching, as we have discussed before, makes weeds disappear instantly. And it prevents them from re-emerging for an entire season, if not longer. I newspaper-mulched one of my weed-choked beds just this morning. Would you like to see the easy procedure? Read more »

The Fall Webworm

IN LATE SUMMER, it's fairly common to find weird-looking webs (like the one pictured above) on crabapple and other hard-wood trees. Who weaves these horrid things? Meet Hyphantria cunea, the "Fall Webworm." More about this caterpillar, and why you needn't go out on a limb to eradicate it: Read more »