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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...

Preparing for a dry gardening season Blog Image
Preparing for a dry gardening season

Our temperature climbed into the mid-60s this weekend, and while I enjoyed being outside without 5...

Raising up a praying mantis army Blog Image
Raising up a praying mantis army

We are soon to be the proud family of 50-200 praying mantis nymphs. Our 9 year old son recently...

Does a mild winter mean more pests in the spring? Blog Image
Does a mild winter mean more pests in the spring?

If I could look into my entomological crystal ball… I would be a rich woman! Actually, I would be...

Peering Inside the Hornet’s Nest Blog Image
Peering Inside the Hornet’s Nest

Yellow jackets and hornets were horrible this past summer. Truthfully, they were so bad that our...