17 Eggplant Insect Pests and Diseases: Pest Management

Eggplants can be a tad demanding, they have their needs – consistent moisture, lush soil and nutrients, sunlight, warmth, and not too much wind. When properly maintained, and with a dose of good luck, they will produce the fruits for our eggplant parmigiana and assorted dishes in abundance. This article contains common symptoms and their … Read more

Common Pepper Plant Diseases and Treatments

Fungus related diseases are the most common in Pepper plants. Plants generally display discoloration, spots, and poor growth. Pepper leaves may yellow and drop off. Many of these diseases of pepper plants can be prevented by: Planting disease-resistant varieties Rotating vegetable crops every other year Implementing proper watering and cultivation techniques. Keeping the area free of … Read more

Pickleworm Control – Identification and Treatment (Pictures)

What Are Pickleworms? Pickleworms [Diaphania nitidalis] feed on circubits, which includes all types of cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and melons. Their life cycle is approximately one month. Overlapping generations occur. Their minute eggs are white when deposited on the buds, flowers, and other portions of the plant, but change to yellow after the first day. They … Read more

9 Common Carrot Pests and How to Control Them

If you’re growing carrots in your backyard garden, these pests can be a nuisance. Here we discuss 9 different types of pests that can cause problems for your carrot garden. We’ll discuss the insect and the best methods for controlling them. Carrot Pests 1. Aphids Several aphid species are pests of carrots. Most aphid damage … Read more

Leafroller Caterpillar Control: Identification and Treatments (Pictures)

What are Leafrollers? Leafrollers are small greenish to green/brown caterpillars (moth larvae) that feed on leaves, buds, and fruit. They’re the worm in your apple (Or 1/2 worm as the case may be). They are a common problem on fruit trees and ornamental trees, occasionally on vegetable garden plants, but rarely. Some of the more … Read more

Cabbage Looper (Trichoplusia ni) Control and Identification (Pictures)

If you think you may be suffering from a cabbage looper infestation, the first step is to confirm that cabbage loopers are present. Below we will help you identify cabbage loopers and if it is indeed what is invading your garden, help you control and eliminate the unwanted pests. Identifying Cabbage Loopers Trichoplusia ni, otherwise … Read more

Identifying Spider Mites on Succulents and How to Get Rid of Them

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Spider mites are the bane of any home gardener’s plant collection. Spider mite infestations can often make succulents unhealthy (or even kill them within days), and if you leave an infestation unchecked, it can quickly spread from one plant to another.  Fortunately, with a little preventative care and a bit of ingenuity, preventing and treating … Read more

Using Cinnamon On Plants: A Fungicide, Pesticide, and Rooting Agent

The culinary attributes of Cinnamon are well noted, it’s a great flavoring for a multitude of recipes. What is not well noted is it’s usefulness in the garden. The Cinnamon that we know from our kitchens is derived from tree bark – you guessed it, the cinnamon tree. To the more scientifically astute cinnamon trees … Read more

9 Beetles Found In The Garden: Identification & Pictures

Most varieties of Beetles feed on developing crops and are harmful in garden soils. Although there are a small handful that are beneficial, they are a rare exception. Identifying which beetles are attacking your garden is the first step in controlling them. Preventive measures can include permaculture tactics such as companion planting as well as … Read more

How to Get Rid of Asparagus Beetles in Your Garden

Identification and Control of Asparagus Beetles There are two varieties of asparagus beetle, Common asparagus and its cousin the spotted asparagus beetle. As the name indicates they are pests of asparagus. The common asparagus beetle has a more voracious appetite and causes much more damage. Both varieties are about 1/4 inch long, they have oval-shaped … Read more