Spider Mites Oh My! New Video…

I cannot believe July is almost over and I haven't posted anything since June. I think that is a true sign of being in the throws of the doggiest days of summer. Several of my vegetable plants called it quits while others are just getting started and others are trucking along just fine. I still … Continue reading Spider Mites Oh My! New Video…

Using a Blacklight to Find “Hard to Spot” Pests in the Garden

Previously in this blog, and across social media, I shared terrifying photos. Hornworm poop Hornworm EggsWhile their presence seems to be dwindling, I still see some signs that they are around like bare stems here and there. So after some other gardeners shared with me how much easier it is to spot hornworms at night … Continue reading Using a Blacklight to Find “Hard to Spot” Pests in the Garden

Ladybug Raising: Beneficial Gardening Meets Early Education

It is early in the gardening season but, oh no, I’ve already spotted the damage. Several leaves are getting spotty. It could be aphids, or spider mites, or white flies…oh my! I need to call in reinforcements! Take a look at what happened after I found a lady bug in the back of my yard … Continue reading Ladybug Raising: Beneficial Gardening Meets Early Education

The Very Hungry Caterpillars

"In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly.   But with humans it is the other way around:  a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar." -Chekhov It all started with thin webbing appearing my okra, the irrational bolting of my basil, and then thin webbing on my basil. At first glance, it was obvious … Continue reading The Very Hungry Caterpillars