Category Archives: Pests & Problems

Useful information about the insects in your garden, what they are, what they look like, the best way to combat slugs, all natural insect repellants, beneficial insects, control powdery mildew as well as a listing of toxic plants.

How to Control Earwigs Naturally

They do feed at night and do seek out dark, cool, moist places to hang out during the day. Some common hiding places are under organic matter such as mulch, pine straw, leaf litter, and other debris, loose wood chip mulches, decaying matter, rotten fruit on the ground, wood, boards or tree branches that are...
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Controlling Squash Vine Borer

Recently a grower from the UK sent us a photo of damage to a pumpkin plant and wanted to know what it was and whether it could be controlled. This pest had apparently been a problem for a long time, to the extent that it was questionable whether it was worthwhile planting pumpkins or squashes...
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What You Can Do to Control Purple Loosestrife

Do you know Purple Loosestrife was first originated in Europe and Asia, however this fast-growing plant was brought to North America during 1800s by garden settlers? The pace with which it grows can prove to be detrimental to a large variety of fish species, wildlife and native plant habitat. This plant grows quite easily if...
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Pigweed – A Great Garden Partner, Not A Pest

While dedicated gardeners are madly yanking the noxious pigweed juvenile plants from their gardens in mid-May, savvy harvesters are savouring the wonderful greens that they will enjoy on the dinner plate when this tender young amaranth is boiled and served with butter and parsley. Read more

How to Make a Scarecrow for Your Garden

Scarecrows were first invented as a way to keep birds, especially crows, out of gardens and fields. While scarecrows are still used for that purpose, they are also used as decorations at Halloween or to decorate a yard for a party. They are usually dressed in clothes with bold colours or in jeans to give...
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How to Keep Cats and Dogs Out of The Garden

Do the neighborhood kitties think your garden is their own personal litter box? Does your dog think you plowed up all that nice soft dirt just to make a great spot to bury her tennis ball? Here are some easy and time tested tips for keeping those otherwise adorable critters out of your garden, so...
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