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

Invasive Plants: Bamboo a Boon or Bust?

I gasped and recoiled in horror as I read the article a friend had shared on Facebook. No, it wasn’t related to the election, or even to politics. It was an article about a man in Putnam County advocating we start bamboo farms in West Virginia. “What’s so wrong with bamboo?” you may ask. There is, after all, a lot of good bamboo can do. … Continue reading Invasive Plants: Bamboo a Boon or Bust?

Defense against summer diseases and pests

The heat of summer, it seems, is not only the time that gardens produce the most, it is also the time when the things that want to eat or destroy your gardens are at their busiest.

So while the oppressive heat may have you wanting to be a couch potato rather than tending your potatoes, you should be out checking on your plants, scouting for diseases and insects, and treating them appropriately. Continue reading Defense against summer diseases and pests

What’s bugging you? Prepare for National Invasive Species Week

There seems to be a day, a week or a month to celebrate everything, from pie to ice cream, and from friends to presidents. Now more visible than ever thanks to social media, different groups use these “national” days to bring awareness to their campaigns or products. Some are downright funny, but others can be serious. Here’s one I bet you didn’t even know about: … Continue reading What’s bugging you? Prepare for National Invasive Species Week

IPM: An ounce of pest prevention is worth a pound of cure

Pests and pestilence — this is a theme that runs through most of the calls and emails I receive during the garden season. The usual question is: “What do I spray to kill this?” Sometimes clients are hesitant to spray for pests. Sometimes, though, it seems like they are ready to prepare for all-out warfare. Perhaps the right question to ask is not about what … Continue reading IPM: An ounce of pest prevention is worth a pound of cure