Insects

Learn about controlling pests on your houseplants indoors. Listen to podcast:   One cold morning at breakfast, I was swatting small, black flies from my potted amaryllis and thinking, insects are opportunists. Even in winter, these bugs find a way to survive. House plants are the perfect host for certain insects. The pests live in a controlled environment with food, but without predators or harsh weather. So let’s look at the top three houseplant insects you’ll find, if you look hard enough. Mealybugs and scale are two insects found on […]

No matter how well you grow your foodscape plants, eventually other critters, insects and diseases will want to enjoy them as much as you. Certainly a healthy, well watered and fed plant will be able to withstand attacks better than one that is struggling. But you should be ready to prevent damage and then jump in early to reduce a problem once an attack happens. I like to follow the integrated pest management (IPM) approach to foodscape gardening. In this approach you rely on techniques such as planting resistant varieties, […]

Learn how to control insect pests in your vegetable garden by planting the right crops, and using barriers, traps, and organic sprays. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association

Learn about controlling tomato hornworms organically in your garden. Listen to Podcast:   There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about insects as food. In many parts of the world insects are a common delicacy. Its estimated that 2 billion people around the globe regularly eat insects. And why not? They’re a great source of protein and there certainly are lots of them. While I did dabble in eating ants in Thailand in the Peace Corps many years ago, there’s one insect in my garden I’d love […]

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