Pickleworm Control – Identification and Treatment

Close up a cross-section of cucumber with pickleworm inside.

What Are Pickleworms? Pickleworms [Diaphania nitidalis] feed on cucurbits, 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

Epsom Salts as Fertilizer and Pest Control

A picture of Epsom salt in a glass jar with some leafy garnish laying next to it. Text reads using epsom salt in the garden as fertilizer and pest control.

Discovered in the well water of Epsom, England, from which the name “Epsom” salts is derived it has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments, of people, animals and plants. Epsom salt is comprised of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and in gardening, it is used to correct a magnesium or sulfur … 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

Edema (Oedema) Disease in Plants: Identification, Symptoms, and Cures

Water droplets from edema on plant leaf as a result of too much watering.

What is Edema and What Causes it? Edema, also known as Oedema, is [caused by] an irregular, abnormal, excessive water retention by plants. It is generally the result of environmental factors, such as heavy rains and wet weather sometimes coupled with over -watering by over-attentive gardeners. The plants basically become bloated and gorged with moisture. … Read more

9 Beetles Found In The Garden: Identification and Control

A Colorado potato beetle sits on a green leaf.

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 Identify and Control Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV)

Mosaic virus on the leaves of a potted cucumber plant.

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

Prevention and Treatment of Blossom End Rot

Black spot on the bottom of red tomato showing the effects of blossom end rot.

Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency. Calcium Deficiency in garden plants can also cause yellowing, pale and curling leaves, and stunted growth. Nightshades such as tomatoes, eggplant and pepper as well as curcubits and melons are more prone to blossom end rot than other crops. Generally the first visible sign of blossom … Read more