Pest Patrol with Amy Grisak
Sure, Bambi is cute, but her appetite can just about ruin a garden. You don’t want the poor thing dead, just gone. OK, so what really works? And, while we’re at it, what works with Peter Rabbit and his family, too? This is the place to discuss those annoying critters, even if they were ‘here’ first! Goodbye, cuties!
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Previous EntriesWatching Out for Winter Lawn Damage
Bokashi composting to take care of kitchen waste
Bees gone wild
The deer found the pumpkins
Eliminating mealy cabbage aphids
Not so peachy pear slugs
Curling leaves on tomato plants
Verticillium wilt (early die off) in potatoes
Test run trapping yellowjackets and wasps
Planting Phacelia to attract pollinators
Reviving the spirit of Butte’s Columbia Gardens
Touring gardens for inspiration
Take time to see what’s happening in the garden
Be proactive when it comes to black bears
Protecting your pets while creating a beautiful garden
Tick, tick, tick
How to handle codling moths on your apple and pear trees
Using permaculture as pest control
Are solitary bees the future of pollination?
Winning the weed wars
Choosing new seed potatoes for a successful potato harvest
What Japanese beetles and jet fuel have in common.
The sights and sounds of spring
Keeping tabs on pollinators with the Great Sunflower Project
Spring is here and so are slugs, tent caterpillars and kudzu bugs
More aphids than you can shake a stick at!
Dealing with doggy challenges
Planting your garden out of the deers’ reach
The rise and fall of the Rocky Mountain locust
The season of giving (and what to do about it)
Choosing disease and pest resistant seeds
It’s autumn and the gardening is easy (except for the deer)
The pests of autumn: mice and stink bugs
Worries over the West Nile Virus
Sending the hobo spiders on their way
What happens when the wind comes whipping across the plains
Dealing with thrips
Entering vegetables in the fair
A rattlesnake in the pathway
Using trap crops to dissuade pests
What is eating my tomato?
What’s wrong with my squash plants?
Keeping flies away with a baggie, water and pennies
Attacked by rabbits, deer and groundhogs
How do organic pesticides work?
The threat of late blight on tomatoes
Early season tomato troubles
Polyculture benefits for the home garden
Spider freak out moments
Ways to keep asparagus from ruining your crop
Using herbs to repel insects
What to do about birds bashing against the windows
Protect plants now for a pest free summer
What acorns mean to the tick population
How to dispose of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
Creating a fruit tree guild
A little about companion planting
A little about companion planting
What is Integrated Pest Management
Stink bugs and invited pests
The puppy in the garden
Bye, bye birdies!
(Not-so) spooky spiders!
Trying to stay positive
Stop the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle
Bringing out the bigger guns to battle cabbage loopers and hoppers
The lack of pollination affects squash development
Keeping the leaf eaters off of hops and Virginia creeper
Save the lilies!
Rattlesnakes - that unmistakeable buzz
Striving for perfection
Saving the strawberries
Keeping the Colorado Potato Beetle in check
Chewing on chard and the attack of the spinach leaf miner
Galls on the chokecherries
Get out mouse!
Jumping June Bugs!
Curtailing the mountain pine beetle
Battle of the fire blight
The great ladybug experiment
Healthy soil for strong, pest free plants
Pocket gopher gettin’
So long slugs!
When squirrels attack
Tired of pests? Garden in the winter!
Creating an oasis for bumble bees and other native insects
Flea beetle frustration
Testing new pest control gadgets
Hope for houseplants
Use the sun to eliminate fire ants
The Itsty Bitsy Spider… That has a Nasty Bite
Don’t let the bedbugs bite
Birds in the corn and kids wreaking havoc the garden