Striped cucumber beetle [Credit: CamPixie ] Striped cucumber beetle [Credit: CamPixie ] Host Plants: On Crops: Cucumbers, melons, squash Where Found: Most of North America Description: Striped cucumber beetles are less than a quarter of an inch long with...
The foliage can be gathered and composted. Companions Tomato, Squash, Strawberry and Pepper. Notes Borage seedlings are only edible when very young. Blossom clusters make beautiful but short-lived cut flowers or edible garnishes.
Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Rich well-drained soil. Troubleshooting Control lemon balm's spread by cutting back flowering stems in late summer. Gather stems for drying or steeping into tinctures in early summer, just before the plants bloom.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area. Perennial candytuft makes an ideal companion plant. As the flowers fade in the garden, trim them off with scissors or pruning shears.
Notes Blue ageratum provides excellent contrast when combined with flowers with orange blossoms. Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Fertile, well-drained soil. Position Full sun to partial shade.
In clay soil, grow in raised beds or rows. Crop Rotation Group Allium (Onion family) ● Soil Fertile, well drained soil with compost dug in. Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in bulb color, size and shape.
Managing Outbreaks: Enclosing perfect green apples in clear plastic sandwich bags will protect them from apple maggots and other pests. Small, rice-like maggots may be present, especially in apples that have dropped to the ground.
Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Fertile, well drained soil. Troubleshooting Rabbits enjoy nibbling chamomile foliage. When the stems are dry, pop off the blossoms and store them in an airtight container.
PH of 6 to 6.5 preferred. Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Rich soil with compost dug in. Notes Powdery mildew can be a serious problem for white currants, so consider planting resistant varieties such as ‘Blanka' or ‘Pink Champagne'.
When they stop feeding in late summer, the larvae (grubs) become a problem in lawns, where they damage grass by eating roots. Japanese beetle [Credit: Foxrosser ] Japanese beetle [Credit: Foxrosser ] Host Plants: In the garden: Roses and numerous other...
Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Any average, well drained soil. Troubleshooting Wait until spring to prune back lavender plants, because the dead stems help shelter the base of the plants from harsh winter weather.
Spacing Single Plants: 19' 8" (6.00m) each way (minimum) Rows: 19' 8" (6.00m) with 19' 8" (6.00m) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant Prepare a large hole by breaking up the soil and adding plenty of well-rotted organic matter.
Standard tart cherries are often self fertile, and make nice landscape trees. If there are holes in the trunk which leak a gummy substance or sawdust-like frass, the culprit is probably a borer or beetle – to kill this pest, poke a needle into the hole.
Troubleshooting Hot weather can cause peppers to temporarily stop flowering. Feed every two weeks with a liquid feed after the plants begin to blossom and set fruit. Notes Tie heavy-bearing plants to a single stake to keep them from falling over.
Preventing Problems: In areas where cabbage moth is a chronic pest, try making a small planting of cress each spring, and let the bugs have it. Starting in spring, the moths lay eggs that hatch into tiny green caterpillars with forked tails, often in...