National Moth Week: Not all that flutters is friendly

Last week was National Moth Week.  Here’s my blog post from the GROBigRed Blog last week about some of the moths you don’t want in your garden – vegetable pests!   So this week is National Moth Week.  Much of the info you’ll see online is about how to attract nice moths to your garden, how some moths are pollinators, and other interesting moth facts. … Continue reading National Moth Week: Not all that flutters is friendly

Controlling Japanese Beetles in Fruits and Vegetables

These destructive pests can decimate a landscape, but they can also do some serious damage to vegetables and fruits.  Adult beetles will feed on just about anything if they are hungry enough, but they definitely have their favorites.  Most commonly, they feed on fruits such as apple, crabapple, grapes, peach, cherry, blackberries, and raspberries and vegetables such as asparagus, corn (foliage and silks), beans, okra, and rhubarb.   Continue reading Controlling Japanese Beetles in Fruits and Vegetables

Storm Damage in Fruit and Vegetable Gardens

Storm damage to fruits and vegetables can take various forms.  From broken limbs in fruit trees to hail damage on fruits and vegetables or flooding raising food safety concerns, severe weather can have significant effects for the health and productivity of the garden.  Some damage will require maintenance, while other warrants a wait-and-see approach.  Here’s a list of some common types of damage to fruits and vegetables and what you should do (or shouldn’t do) about it. Continue reading Storm Damage in Fruit and Vegetable Gardens

Pollinators and the food we eat

I wrote and published this post for the GROBigRed blog on 6/21/17.  Check out that blog for great gardening information from all of my Nebraska Extension colleagues in Omaha. Pollinators and the food we eat – GRO Big Red It has been well-established and well-discussed that pollinators are responsible for the production (and reproduction) of about 35 percent of the crops that we grow for … Continue reading Pollinators and the food we eat