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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

Eggplant offers variety of options

June is the month to plant eggplant in your garden. Photo by Rebecca Jepsen

And what to do this month in your garden One of my favorite plants to grow is eggplant. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, they are also incredibly...

Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Chicory: The Bitter Root

VERSATILE VARIETAL Chicory is a woody perennial weed with a variety of uses at home and in the garden.

Chicory is commonly used as a coffee substitute Chicory root coffee may inspire thoughts of pastry and jazz, but this rugged roadside weed has a place in...

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Bee-friendly Echium may become your new favorite plant

The beautiful Echium will be the star of your garden

We put in a shed behind my raised-bed garden a few years ago and because my garden is my sanctuary, I really didn't want that shed spoiling my view. I wanted...

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:31 PM

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