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Time to look into companion planting Blog Image
Time to look into companion planting

I’ve never been a big proponent of companion planting probably because my gardens all seemed to do...

Stop mealybugs from sucking the life out of your plants Blog Image
Stop mealybugs from sucking the life out of your plants

There are times when pests are very evident. There is plenty of activity to give it away, and it’s...

Are lizards eating the garden plants? Blog Image
Are lizards eating the garden plants?

A friend of mine lives in Arizona, and wondered if the any lizards she’s seeing in the garden is...

Listen for the cicadas Blog Image
Listen for the cicadas

Oh boy, is my mom lucky. It sounds like the 17 year cicadas are set to arrive on her birthday, May...

Voles be gone! Blog Image
Voles be gone!

In the cartoons there are vegetables that suddenly disappear below the soil, and it's usually some...

All the good ants do for us Blog Image
All the good ants do for us

I bet one of the most common questions I receive is about ants in the garden. People think if they...

What to do when the snails are big enough to eat Blog Image
What to do when the snails are big enough to eat

A week ago my sister-in-law asked if our boys ever considered cooking and eating the snails in our...

What to do when a dog is nibbling your plants Blog Image
What to do when a dog is nibbling your plants

Sometimes our garden pests are sleeping in our beds. I’ve had people ask me how to keep dogs and...

Pill bugs are the clean up crew in the garden Blog Image
Pill bugs are the clean up crew in the garden

I recently read a headline touting that pill bugs can clean up heavy metals in soil, which caught...

Preparing new gardeners for garden pests Blog Image
Preparing new gardeners for garden pests

My sister-in-law is gardening for the first time, so I’ve been gladly fielding a number of...

Am I trading one pest for another? Blog Image
Am I trading one pest for another?

Our wonderful lab, Luna, is four years old now, and I need to resign myself that she is not going...

What to do about Cytospora canker on spruce trees Blog Image
What to do about Cytospora canker on spruce trees

We don’t have a lot of evergreens up here on the hill. The wind seems to dry them out and kill them...