Category Archives: Insects

Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’

If you want to hop on the bandwagon to support struggling pollinators like honeybees and Monarch butterflies, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) ‘Hello Yellow’ is a great perennial to add to your garden. The native butterfly weed has bright orange flowers, … Continue reading

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This Summer’s Bumps in the Road

Gardeners (and farmers) always face plant-growing challenges based on weather conditions and which wildlife and insects are currently thriving or struggling. Usually by late June I’ve got a pretty good handle on how the rest of the summer should play … Continue reading

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Pesky Rose Slugs

I was fascinated to read about a study showing that plants react defensively with chemicals when they hear the munching sounds of a nearby caterpillar. So far this spring I haven’t found any caterpillars (friend or foe) on any of … Continue reading

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Busy Bees

When we got our first decent warm spell of the year last weekend, the honeybees from the neighbor’s hive made a—wait for it—beeline for the birdbath in our backyard that I had just set up for the spring migrating birds. … Continue reading

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The Ants Go Marching…

It must’ve been a good winter for ants because they are everywhere right now—inside and outside. I’ve seen them in just about every room of our house, but I can’t figure out how they’re getting in. Since I’ve had ants … Continue reading

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These Easy-to-Grow Perennials Attract Pollinators Like a Magnet

Pollinators like bees and beetles and butterflies are being threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and diseases like Colony Collapse Disorder. You can help them by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Here a a few of my favorite pollinator-magnets: Allium … Continue reading

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A Zest for Zinnias

My mom and I have both noticed that the Japanese Beetles are crazy for the cream-colored zinnias we planted in our gardens this year. The beetles that visit my yard every summer have usually been too busy munching on roses, … Continue reading

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Bumblebeds

When I stepped outside to look for new blooms in my flowerbeds yesterday morning, the crisp air that hit my face and arms felt wonderful, but it was also a bit of a shock. The day before had been so … Continue reading

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Bug Season

I finally got a chance to hand-till my annual beds yesterday. We got 3.25 inches in less than 24 hours last week and it came down in sheets. The soil got pounded down and baked in the sun to a … Continue reading

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Super Spiders

I’ve been at war with some very aggressive chipmunks this spring. In order to keep any of my potted plants alive I’ve had to cover them in copious amounts of chicken wire, hardware cloth and deer fencing. It looks ridiculous, … Continue reading

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