Learn about the best organic controls for the asparagus beetle and flea beetle. Listen to podcast: In Vermont, we wait months for warm weather to go outside. And as soon as it’s warm, the bugs are out. For our plants, it’s no different. Here are two beetles that are out in force right now. Asparagus beetles emerge with the spears in early spring. This oval, red or black beetle with black or white spots feeds on spears. It also lays elongated, brown eggs. As the spears grow into ferns, the […]

Listen to this podcast on the Drosophila Fruit Fly and how it attacks berries and fruits.   If you’re growing fall raspberries or blueberries, chances are you’re starting to see this pest. Or you’re seeing the symptoms of this pest! If you’ve noticed your ripening blueberries or raspberries are shriveling on the plant or turn into a maggot filled mess after sitting on the counter for a few days, you probably have the spotted winged drosophila fruit fly. This relatively new pest is the bane of fruit growers and is […]

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 and care for 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 Transcript Hi I’m Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I’d like to talk to you about organic vegetable garden pest control. If you designed your garden well, built up the soil, and mixed in flowers and herbs with your vegetables chances are you’re not going to have a lot of insect pests. Natural controls, […]

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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