Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 9:18 pm
During the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.
It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.
The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Stop mildew from spreading on roses by spraying weekly with diluted skim milk (1 part skim milk mixed with 9 parts water) or with products containing triforine or chlorothalonil fungicide. Although no fungicide will remove mildew that is already on the leaves and buds, these sprays prevent mildew from starting on new growth. That way your roses can outgrow the effects of mildew. It also helps to spray rose foliage with plain water early in the morning, but never after mid-morning or in the evening.
To prevent or stop clearwing borers from damaging your peaches or nectarines, spray malathion on the trunks and branches now. New borer larvae hatch this month and must be stopped as they crawl from the ground to the trunk and branches, before they get inside the bark. Borers eat away at the growing and nutrient-carrying tissues inside. Neglecting this problem results in a dead tree – or in a tree so weak that it can hardly produce any fruit. Spraying in mid-May helps to keep peaches, nectarines and other stone fruits safe from borers. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 11:52 am
Many plant diseases flourish under wet conditions with favorable air temperatures, home gardeners need to take heed and be prepared to defend susceptible vegetation in their landscapes.
Three factors must exist for plant disease development: 1. a pathogen (disease causing agent), 2. a susceptible host plant, and 3. an environment that favors disease.
Viruses and mycoplasmas are microscopic disease causing agents most often spread by insects flying or hopping from one plant to another but also by people handling infected plant parts or infected cuttings. Few chemical controls are available for viruses. Plants with symptoms of viral infection should be uprooted and discarded. Seeds and cuttings from infected plants carry the viral infection, too. Antibiotics can be used to control a few mycoplasma diseases and to slow down the development of bacterial infections. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Home vegetable gardeners have been trying to avoid usage of chemical pest controls as this has become a new gardening trend .main objective is to garden with no pesticides. It is always better to keep the pesticides at bay from the vegetable garden. Here are some common examples of nonchemical pest controls.
Look for plant varieties that have some degree of disease resistance. New hybrid resistant varieties enter the market each year after extensive evaluation. Roses and tomatoes are susceptible to many diseases.
The newer Knockout shrub roses have strong resistance to common diseases, including leaf blackspot. These roses require no spraying.
Tomatoes suffer from a wide range of disease problems. Today, many hybrids are much less prone to disease.
There are many types of physical barriers to keep insects, birds, rabbits, raccoons or deer at bay. A floating row cover is a lightweight fabric that lets in light, air and water, but keeps insects out of a row of melon or cucumber vines that are susceptible to wilt disease. The fabric is kept in place along the edges with old boards or other weights. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
After months of prepping soil and tending seedlings, you won’t like the pests and insects to chew up all your fresh vegetables.Deer, small rodents, insects and other creatures can quickly destroy a gardener’s hard work, but there are ways to prevent them from launching a full assault.
In earlier time the gardeners did not have an easy access to commercial products and fancy gadgets to protect their lettuce and tomatoes. They relied on techniques passed down from generation to generation.
Old-fashioned fixes included sprinkling hot pepper or concentrated animal urine (specifically, that of a predator such as a fox) throughout the garden bed. Other repellents that were commonly used included moth balls, cotton balls soaked in vinegar, crushed eggshells, human hair clippings, bacon grease, soap shavings and garlic juice. Some gardeners plant marigolds among vegetables, because the flower has an unpleasant smell to animals. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Now that spring has arrived, and summer is quickly approaching, The Nature Conservancy, along with nursery industry partners and scientists, encourages people to take the time to learn more about tree-killing invasive insects and diseases as they spend more time outdoors. Everyday citizens can help detect forest pests and prevent their spread when are they are observant of the trees and forests around their homes and nearby natural areas while they are gardening, hiking and performing other outdoor activities.
Results from a recent poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy indicate that 95 percent of the public consider trees to be an important part of the character and quality of life where they live, and that 93 percent are concerned about the insects and diseases that kill trees. The poll results also showed that 77 percent of the respondents live within 10 miles of a wooded area, underscoring the vital role the public can play in detecting the presence of tree-killing pests. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Homeowners generally lie landscaping in their yard given sufficient space availability. The simplest landscaping one can have is gardening whether involving vegetables or ornamental plants. When you have a garden, it is important to also identify the garden pests to prevent them from damaging your plants. You must know about the major insect pests found in your garden.
They are generally the easiest insect to identify. These are large worms that like to feast on budding plants during spring time. The color of these worms are dull gray to gray brown and grow to about six centimeters long. The optimal time to destroy them is when they are still worms where they are more sensitive to the effects of pesticides whether chemical or natural. Read the rest of this entry