Category: Pests

What is Organic Gardening?Pesticides Series

What does organic gardening mean? Does it mean what you think it means? Take this quiz and find out! Question-organically grown produce is grown: 1. without the use of any pesticides 2. with only home made pesticides 3. using organically acceptable pesticides. Answer-believe it or not, the correct response is number 3! Organic farmers use […]

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Plant Winter Vegetables in SummerVegetable Gardening

Did you know that winter vegetables aren’t planted in winter, they’re planted in summer? Certain vegetable crops may need 6 weeks to a few months to grow from seed, such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. Now is also a good time to start mustard greens, beets, kale, spinach and herbs […]

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Container Gardening Post #4

After being sprayed with horticultural soap, some of my container gardening plants began to grow again and turn green. I killed the spider mites although I did have to make two applications, one week apart. Unfortunately, the beans did not recover from the spider mite destruction and died. Their leaves turned yellow, paper thin and […]

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Container Gardening Post #2

Not long after planting vegetables, herbs and melons into my CedarCraft elevated garden planter and eclectic assortment of other containers, the weather turned cool. The plants seemed to be suspended in time, not growing at all. I peered at the plants everyday, and one day noticed that many of the leaves on food plants had […]

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Aphids vs Ladybugs!

Nothing says spring like a rosebush full of aphids, an insect with an amazingly complex life-cycle. Eggs laid by adults overwinter on plants and batches of mostly female aphids hatch in spring and summer. These females eat and grow (sucking plant sap and producing sticky honeydew) and then give birth to live, wingless young, a […]

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Flowering Tree: Flowering Pear

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In late winter to early spring, the flowering pear absolutely bursts into the street tree scene. The white blooms are followed by shiny green foliage that stays on the tree until fall. Once fall arrives, the leaves turn shades of gold, purple and orange, and then drop to the ground. Pear Problems: Not all flowering […]

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Build Yer Own Beer Snail Trap

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Want to get rid of snails in your yard? Have some spare beer in your fridge?  Make a snail trap! I decided to do this myself when we had a large infestation of snails that were eating up our garden. Each morning I saw snail trails all over the sidewalk and on some of the plants, many […]

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Exotic and Invasive Pests

Exotic and invasive pests and diseases that threaten California’s agricultural, urban, or natural areas. More information to come. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/EXOTIC/exoticpestsmenu.html

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