Pests

Woodchuck Woes

October 4, 2014
IMG_8984Who'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

September 27, 2013
IMG_2992SQUIRRELS 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

June 17, 2013
IMG_0299I 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

May 7, 2013
IMG_8602WHEN 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

August 24, 2012
IMG_0833IN 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 »

Newspaper Mulching

June 3, 2012
IMG_6433THIS MORNING, during my weekly jaunt to the county dump, I decided to go through other people's garbage. And I found what I was looking for, too: lots of newspapers. Let me show you how old news is good news when you want to make weeds instantly disappear: Read more »

Got Blackspot? Get Milk.

May 29, 2012
IMG_6243DRAT. While inspecting my roses the other day, I discovered that some of the shrubs (like 'Mary Rose,' above) are showing signs of "blackspot." Details about this insipid fungal disease, and why -- according to extensive research -- a weekly spray of milk and water is the smartest way to control it: Read more »