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

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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

9 Beetles Found In The Garden: Identification and Control

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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

Plum Tree Troubleshooting

Plum leaves with brown spots indicating a viral disease.

Prunus aviumFull SunSoil 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 the surface. … Read more

How to Identify and Control Fruit Worms

Ripe plum with a worm inside.

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

Does Basil Keep Flies Away?

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Many herbaceous plants with strong aromatic essential oils are known to repel the smaller flies such as gnats, some varieties of lavender repels mosquitoes, some varieties of mint repels ants and Basil may repel flies. There are a gazillion varieties of basil, it’s a fragrant herbaceous plant that is grown by multiple cultures Internationally. In … Read more