National Moth Week is July 17 – 25

Given their muted colors, their unjust reputation as just pests, and their night flying nature, most people fail to take notice of moths. Yet they outnumber butterflies, their nearest relative, by more than 10 to 1. And there are upward of 11,000 moth species in the United States alone — that’s more than all the …

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Snakes are good for the Garden

It’s a good time to recognize these natural pest controllers!  Gardeners should be glad to see snakes glide through the garden. These much-maligned reptiles consume garden pests, including slugs, grubs, mice, voles, and rats. Garter snakes are the most common type found in our area.  They’re medium-sized slender snakes with a head barely wider than …

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See some fluttering around your veggies?

One of the easiest insect pests to recognize is the whitefly. These aren’t actually flies and look a bit like tiny white moths. You might notice them sitting on the underside of an infested leaf or see them flutter off as you water or handle the plant. They’re easily disturbed but fly only a short …

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Support your Garden Predators!

Predators are one of the primary groups used in the biological control of insects and mite pests. These include some of the larger insects and spiders along with amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Consume many prey during their development. Are generally larger than their prey. All life stages may be predators; some are only predators …

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It’s National Pollinator Week – June 21 – 27.

It’s an opportunity to learn more about the importance of pollinators and – brace yourself – imagine a world without bees.  And check out Pollinators Under Pressure. Want to amaze your friends? Mention these pollination fast facts. Better yet, make it a point to try these 7 things you can do for pollinators with friends and family. …

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Weird trails in your veggie leaves?

It’s Eat your Vegetables Day!  Likely you do this each and every day.  Here in Marin, we’re fortunate to have ready access to wonderful, healthy produce. And even better if you can step into the garden and pick your own!  As you check out some of those leafy greens, like cabbage, spinach, and chard, look …

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They don’t really crawl in your ears

Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and tunnel into the brain (not true!). Also called pincher bugs, they are most active at night. During the day, they gather in moist, dark, tight hiding places in the garden – under rocks or stones, boards, around vegetables, dense growth …

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Mulch gives you a big bang for your buck

The main benefits a layer of mulch on your vegetable or flower beds can provide include: Conserves moisture by slowing evaporation Reduces growth of weeds Helps reduce erosion    Adds organic matter as it breaks down  Increases water absorption and retention Makes surface areas more attractive With our current drought situation, we’re all trying to preserve …

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