Category Archives: Garden Pests

Ghosts in the Salal

It all started for me when my neighbor, with glee, presented the animated salal leaf she found while gardening. My first thought: “How funny! My second thought, “What insect did this?”  I ran through scenarios in my mind: a variety … Continue reading

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What You Learn by Looking at Your Feet: Alder Flea Beetle

Werner Herzog said, “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”.  Taken figuratively, walking encourages reflective, creative thinking that can reveal the true nature of things that bedevil us.  Literally speaking, walking allows us to slowly take in … Continue reading

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Vegetable Garden Pest Prevention

In my edible garden, floating row cover (also known by brand names like Reemay or Agribon) is my go-to pest control method. It’s helpful to control a variety of pests from birds, to carrot rust fly, imported cabbage moth, and … Continue reading

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Spittlebugs Galore–Garden Pests

Most of the time in the late spring when the spittlebugs are on my garden plants, I don’t pay them any notice.  They normally show up on tender new shoots in April or May.  Of course, the dripping, foaming mass … Continue reading

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Dealing with Deer in December

A gardener always needs to be aware. Of late I’ve been spending more time indoors than out as the garden is at rest and needs less of my time (cool season weeds not withstanding).  As a result, this week’s stroll … Continue reading

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