The Amazing Antlion

While cleaning out the vegetable garden yesterday, I noticed many little funnels carved into the soil. Discovering things like this always reminds me that I am never alone in my garden.

Spare the Goldenrod, Spoil the Garden

Goldenrod was once undeservedly shunned from gardens. This sunny North American native plant was (and sadly still is) considered a weed in much of the country and is often blamed for causing hay fever, though its pollen is too heavy to be carried on the wind.

Hear My Interview on “America’s Homegrown Veggie Show”

I was recently invited by web-radio host Kate Copsey to join her on “America’s Homegrown Veggie Show” to talk about insects in the garden and to discuss my forthcoming book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Timber Press, January 2014).

Holy Goat—That’s a Big Praying Mantis!

Uzzi and I were eating supper last evening when Uzzi yelled, “What’s that!?” When I looked up, he was staring at a wooden fence post. I ambled over to take a look and perched on the post was the biggest bug I’ve ever seen!

Attract Beneficial Bugs with Meadowsweet

I was so excited to find one of my favorite native shrubs this spring at a local nonprofit’s plant sale. Needless to say, I bought one and it is already at home in one of my perennial borders.

Pest Alert: Asparagus Beetles

It’s time to head out and cut back last year’s asparagus ferns. Asparagus pruning is one of my least favorite springtime chores, but it’s also one of the most essential.

Blooms for Beneficials

If you have any extra room to grow on your farm, consider filling it with plants that naturally support beneficial insects.

3 Ways to Keep a Pest-free Garden

In last week’s post, I discussed a couple of excellent pest-prevention techniques you can easily employ in your own garden. Here are a few more of my favorites.

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