Solving Plant Problems
Managing Garden Weeds
Weeds are unwanted plants in gardens that reduce available moisture, nutrients, sunlight and growing space needed by crop plants. Their presence can reduced crop growth, quality and yield. In addition, they can make harvest difficult. Weeds also provide cover for diseases, insects and animals (rodents, box turtles, snakes, etc.). Garden weeds are hard to control because they grow rapidly, produce vast numbers of seeds, and spread aggressively by vegetative structures and/or seeds. There are several methods that should be used in a combined, coordinated effort to control weeds. They include cultural, mechanical and chemical methods.  ...
Cultural Methods   Fast growing vegetable crops can effectively suppress weeds by shading. Thus, one method of weed control is to select a crop that is capable of suppressing (shading) weed...
 
Common Weeds In Garden
While one gardener's weed is another's salad, most everyone will agree that uninvited plants simply get in the way of what we want to grow. Here are some of the most common weed photos to help you identify these unannounced guests. Don't let weeds rob your garden of its beauty. Use our guide to help you identify and control these troublesome pests....
 
Managing Insect Pests
The best way to manage insect pests in the home vegetable garden is to use a combination of strategies, including cultural, mechanical, and biological controls. Organic gardeners rely totally on nonchemical methods. Most home gardeners can tolerate some insect damage on their vegetables; consequently, they are able to use many nonchemical control strategies that can reduce, but not always eliminat...
 
Reduce Pest and Disease Problems
Insect pests and plant pathogens are a challenge for every gardener and the temptation to wipe them out is strong. We encourage you to resist the urge to reach for an arsenal of chemical weapons. In the short term they may provide a quick knock-down to the attackers, but they may also kill beneficial organisms. In the long term, you expose yourself and the environment to toxic chemicals, and risk ...
 
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