Category: garden

How to make harmony in your garden

Country gardens conjure up images of tree swings and tellises, hollyhocks and pole beans, vine-ripened tomatoes and dewy grass tickling sleepy bare feet. It’s a user-friendly setting, perfect for quiet afternoons in a shaded...

What Pests are in your Garden – Friend or Foe?

The following insects and animals have often been classified as pests. We think they deserve a little more tolerance—even appreciation­ they may well be doing more good than damage in your garden. CENTIPEDES AND...

What Pests are in your Garden – Tunnelers

BORERS Borers can be either caterpillars, which plague annuals, or the larval stage of beetles (grubs), which mostly go after trees. They are called borers be­cause this is how they do their worst damage—boring...

What Pests are in your Garden – Suckers

APHIDS Aphids are probably the commonest pest in your garden, and they may be the most prolific of all insects. Thomas Huxley claimed that the de­scendants of a single aphid might at the end...

What Pests are in your Garden – Slimers

SLUGS AND SNAILS Probably the most loathed pests in the garden, slugs and snails both eat large ragged holes in plants. They’ll eat the whole plant if it’s young and tender, and their destructive...

What Pests are in your Garden – Chompers

What Pests are in your Garden – Chompers

CABBAGE LOOPERS AND IMPORTED CABBAGEWORMS Although separate species, the one being a moth and the other a but­terfly, these two caterpillars have many similarities. In addition to munch­ing on cabbage plants, they will both...

Good Bugs in your Garden

The average square yard in a typical garden contains more than 1,000 insects. They can’t all be gluttonous garden destroyers, or we’d have only bare dirt. Actually, less than 1 percent of all insects...

How to protect your garden from pests

If gardening means war, we have only ourselves to blame. We plant delicate seedlings and then are amazed when they tantalize the taste buds of hungry slugs. We try to grow the sweetest, best-tasting...

How to have a Healthy Garden

THE FALLACY OF PESTICIDES We have actually bred armies of superbugs that our poisons can’t kill. In 1938, there were seven insect pests known to be resistant to at least one chemical; now there...