Cucumbers Mosaic Virus – CMV

Called cucumber mosaic because it was first discovered in cucumbers in the early 20th Century. CMV actually effects over 1200 plant species including cucumbers and related squash, melons and curcubits, tomatoes, Peppers and related plants and nearly all commonly grown vegetable and ornamental garden plants. In fact, it has the widest host range of any … Read more

Carrots Problems Pests and Disease

Daucus carota      Full Sun      Soil pH: 5.5 – 7.5 Carrots are a hardy crop that require larger amounts of moisture than other popular edible garden vegetables, they are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in their later stages will retard carrot growth and generally result in an undesirable strong flavor as well as a … Read more

Cucumber Insect Problems

Cucumber Garden Pests Leafhoppers Leaf-hoppers are small flying insects, about a centimeter across their wing span, They vary in color from varying shades of green to grays. Like Aphids they suck plant juices causing stress, lack of vigor, fruit drop and in bad infestations, death of the host plant. They are also known to be … Read more

Plum Tree Trouble-shooting

Prunus avium Full Sun Soil pH: 6.0-7.0 Diseases of Plum Trees Plum Pocket Disease first appears as small, white blisters on fruits. These eventually mature ,enlarge and encompass the entire plum. The plum becomes spongy and somewhat misshapen. The seed cavity hollows, withers and dies off. The surface eventually becomes fuzzy gray as spores develop on … Read more

Fruit Worms

Worms that Feed on Fruits and Berries Worms are basically the Larvae, immature stage of any of a number of insects. Primarily various moth species. However some varieties of Beetles commonly produce worms fairly indistinguishable in general appearance and feeding habits from moth larvae. There are thousands of varieties of Worms that will feed on fruits and … Read more

Honey Bee Death Declining Bee Populations

Plant to Attract Bees An unknown ailment that has been decimating honeybee populations for several years shows no signs of disappearing this year. In fact it appears to be rapidly expanding, commercial beekeepers claim. With their populations cut nearly in half open pollination of crops and vegetable gardens are in jeopardy. There is some evidence … Read more

Plants and Plant Based Mosquito Repellants

All Natural Mosquito Deterrents Natures mosquito repellents are effective at repelling mosquitoes and preventing bites as well as curtailing the spread of diseases which mosquitoes carry. No mosquito repellant is 100% effective, either natural or synthetic ones. Different types of mosquitoes react to varying stimuli in different ways. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn or … Read more

Mint Insect Pests

Many insects, certainly not all, just many will steer clear of mint. It’s pungent aroma and essential oils baffles their senses and leaves them searching for greener pastures. A few however are attracted to it and can become a real nuisance. Some varieties of aphids and other sap sucking insects, slugs and snails as well … Read more

Cantaloupe Problems Pests and Disease – Canteloupe and Muskmelon

Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis USDA Zones: 3-9 Full Sun Soil pH 5.5 -7.0 Soil Type: Sandy Insects Aphids Aphids are pale yellow to green and feed on the undersides of the youngest leaves and on tender shoots. They reproduce very rapidly and can literally cover stems and leaves in a relatively short time span. The … Read more

Squirrels in the Garden

Tree Rats, squirrels, furry little creatures that love to chow down on your garden. They raid vegetable gardens, strip fruit trees, feed at bird feeders, dig up bulbs all in their simple struggle to eat and survive. The topic of squirrel control, sometimes elicits some heated debate. Some people simply hunt them down and kill … Read more