Creeping garden thugs do a lot of damage

Snails and slugs love to eat plants with tender foliage and fruit. Favorites include seedlings and plants with succulent foliage; they seriously damage basil, beans, cabbage, lettuce, and many other vegetable plants along with dahlia, delphinium, hosta and marigold.  Ripening fruits close to the ground like strawberries are easy targets. And they’ll climb trees to …

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A dastardly duo of diseases that can plague your roses

Gorgeous roses are a wonderful addition to any garden. But throw in a few days of spring rain and voila, you might end up with nearly naked plants. This dramatic effect is likely a result of infection by either blackspot or rust, the gardener’s pestilence of wet spring or fall months. Effectively managing these invaders …

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Don’t let ants ruin your tasty fruit and vegetables

Ants on your artichoke plant? Your plum tree or leafy vegetables?  They’re a prime  indicator that sucking insects are feasting on your plants.  There’s a group of soft-bodied insects — aphids, mealybugs, soft scale and whiteflies being the most common, that feed by sucking juices from plants. The direct damage they inflict on the plant …

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