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10 Helpful Plants for Bug Control in Your Kitchen Garden

The joy of growing a kitchen garden in your yard is imagining the delicious recipes and meals you’ll create using your home-grown herbs and vegetables. Do you know what gets in the way of that joy? Bugs. Gross, invasive, plant-eating, vegetable-killing bugs! I’m looking at you, Tomato Hornworm! I’ll never forget the first time I grew a large crop of tomatoes. I would pop outside to check on my kitchen garden and see that some of my tomatoes had been chewed, and others were missing leaves or stems were completely bare.

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What Are These White Tiny Bugs on Plants in my Garden?

Gardening is a truly fascinating hobby. It’s biology, nature, outside time, and a little bit of zen all mixed together. And the results end up on your dinner table. Not bad. How cool is it that a handful of tiny little seeds will give you an abundance of vegetables and herbs a few months after you plant them? Except, sometimes gardening is a confusing and frustrating experience. Like when your formerly thriving garden now has white tiny bugs on plants from tomatoes to cucumbers to eggplants. And they’re eating away at what was supposed to be your dinner.

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How to Make an Invisible Deer Fence for Garden Protection

I love deer. They’re beautiful, graceful, serene animals. I also hate deer. They eat the apples from my tree, munch on my kale, and eat my strawberries. How do I reconcile these feelings? Invisible deer fence, of course! If you’re new to the idea of an invisible deer fence, it’s not the work of wizards […]

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How to Treat & Prevent 5 Common Vegetable Diseases

As gardeners, there’s no shortage of disappointments out there waiting to swoop in and ruin the enjoyment of your garden. Rabbits may eat your strawberries, seeds may never germinate, and your nosy neighbor might tell you all the ways he thinks you’re planting your cucumbers wrong. But vegetable diseases are on another level. 

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5+ Best Bird Deterrents for Gardens

Every year, without fail, birds come to my garden and wreak havoc. They peck at my blueberries, poop on my lettuce, and nab my strawberries. I thought I’d tried everything to deter them. I considered getting a cat. I’ve even resorted to reading about ancient methods of bird deterrents for gardens. The two main ways […]

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3 Invasive Worm Species That Threaten Your Garden

There may or may not be a wizard of Oz. Even the movie wasn’t entirely clear on that. And there may or may not be a Glinda, a good witch. One thing is for sure, though. There is a wicked witch! Several, actually, in the form of invasive worm species.  Usually, we think of worms […]

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How to Get Rid of Wireworms in Potatoes

If you find small, dry, round holes in your tubers, look more closely, and you may discover wireworms in potatoes. Wireworms can cause significant damage in a garden, but they especially seem drawn to potatoes, carrots, and corn.  How can you tell that you have wireworms? And what should you do if you find them? […]

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How to Stop Cutworms from Eating Your Vegetable Garden

They hide in your garden in the cold of winter, emerging in spring to feed on the stems of your young, vulnerable seedlings. They are cutworms. And if you don’t know how to stop cutworms before they get started, they can decimate your garden.  Luckily, there is some defense against these quiet night-feeders. However, you […]

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How to Keep Deer From Eating Plants Naturally

I love deer. They’re such graceful, beautiful creatures, and I love looking out of my window and seeing them stroll through the yard. However, I also love my garden and I’m always looking for new ways to keep deer from eating plants, herbs, and fruits.  Deer are resourceful and persistent when it comes to eating […]

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Watch Out for the Asian Jumping Worm!

Gardeners love worms. They aerate the soil, provide nutrients that plants need, and help keep the soil healthy. So a garden with lots of worms in the soil is almost guaranteed to be productive and happy. But that’s not true with one species: the Asian Jumping Worm.  Jumping worms, crazy worms, Alabama jumpers, and snake […]