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Weeds Be-Gone

Spotted spurge seedling. A common garden weed.

Garden threats turned opportunities One of the hardest things about gardening is setting priorities. The to-do list never seems to end. Weeding, watering,...

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Battle bugs in the garden to protect produce

It’s not too difficult to see how the spotted cucumber beetle acquired its common name.

With the garden moving into full swing, you may be seeing a plethora of pests trying to get to all that produce before you do! First, you need to make it...

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Fuzzy, but not Friends

PREVENTION The first step to controlling citrus mealybugs is to monitor trees in the spring for signs of ant trails, sooty mold, and egg clusters.

If you have citrus trees, you likely have citrus mealybugs Cousin to scale insects, these tiny Morgan Hill pests are often overlooked. At first, you may see...

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Sap-sucking Pests

TOXIC CONTROLS Cabbage aphids produce a mustard oil as a defense to predators like ladybugs and their larvae.

Cabbage aphids wreak havoc in the garden Aphids, or plant lice, are nearly always a problem in the garden. This is particularly true in winter when it comes...

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Garden Myths: Is eating rhubarb leaves deadly?

TOXINS AMONG US Certain plant leaves including rhubarb, cabbage, spinach and beet tops, contain oxalic acid.

Oxalic acid—you've heard the warnings, telling how rhubarb leaves and other plant parts that contain oxalic acid should not be eaten. But that's not...

Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:12 PM

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