In “Pests and Diseases,” I provide clear gardening tips and accessible knowledge to tackle gardening challenges. Expect practical advice on identifying, preventing, and treating a variety of garden pests and diseases to keep your green space flourishing.
Learn about the essential role of soil mites in soil and plant health. Discover the different types of soil mites and their functions, as well as how to manage them. Soil mites are beneficial to the soil ecosystem and killing them would require killing the soil.
The Japanese beetle has become a significant plant pest hazard to American agriculture and turf. Adults skeletonize the leaves and consume the fruit of several types of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and vegetable crops, while larvae feed mainly on turf roots.
Stop cats fouling in your garden with one or a combination of the following.
Prevent access with plastic spikes, or roller fence tops, stopping them from getting a grip.
Grow herbs such as Thyme, Rosemary, Wintergreen, Mint (Smells Cats Hate).
Spray down areas cats have defecated with DIY sprays to prevent them from returning
Set up motion detection sprinklers (Cats hate water).
Set up motion detection noisemakers
Set up ultrasonic cat scarers
Add netted balls of human hair around the garden.
Protect growing areas with wire mesh to put cats off fouling.
Use river rock as a mulch to prevent cats from burying their feces.
Place citrus peel around your garden. Cats’ senses are many times that of ours. Citrus is overbearing,
Soak pots and trays in a 10% bleach solution for 30 minutes to sterilize them.
Use pots with proper drainage holes.
Warm soil to 70-75˚F or 21-24˚C
Use clean, warm (68–77˚F) or (20-25˚C) water to hydrate seeds and seedlings.
Fill trays with fresh potting soil. Don’t reuse old soil and never use garden soil.
Sow seeds thinly to prevent overcrowding which leads to humid conditions.
Use a potting mix that drains well.
Avoid over-watering. Keep the soil moist but not sodden with water.
Sterilize all tools that you will use in seedling planting and maintenance.
When not in use, store plant containers, and tools in a clean environment.
It would be best if you kept hoses and water heads up off of the floor.
When sowing indoors, make use of a small fan for proper air circulation.
Consider a systemic, broad-spectrum fungicide as a soil additive or soil drench.
When direct sowing, check your seed packet for optimal soil temperatures
Insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides have been linked to cancer, congenital disabilities, autism, brain damage, and depression, to name a few. If you plant organically, you will not want to treat insects with any type of chemical. Fortunately, there are several ways to keep aphids naturally away from plants. These are some of the best natural ways to get rid of aphids.
How to control allium leaf miner? The only surefire way to control allium leaf miner is to cover the plants before they are affected. Enviromesh, insect mesh or even fleece can be used with great effect. Prevention is much better than cure. If crops do have allium leaf miner the safest bet is to burn and destroy the plant to prevent its spread.
What Causes Powdery Mildew? Powdery mildew is a fungus caused by micro-organisms. It is problematic when there are damp humid conditions. This fungal disease can affect a wide range of plants leaving behind powdery substances that block the leaves from photosynthesizing.
How To Get THRIPS Off Your Plants? Thrips can be controlled by timely pruning, good husbandry, good soil nutrition, along with ensuring good ventilation and watering habits. But one of the very best ways to get rid of thrips is to use predatory insects.
Tomatoes suffer from all sorts of diseases. Septoria Leaf Spot on tomatoes is no exception. Caused by a fungus called Septoria lycopersici. It is very destructive to the foliage of your tomato plants. It is caused by damp humid conditions and is more persistent when this sort of weather persists for long periods of time.