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Help Save Butterflies – Where Have All The Monarchs Gone?

When I was younger I would watch Monarch butterflies float gracefully from flower to flower in my backyard. It was an every day occurence in the summer. Sadly, it is now only the very rare occassion when I spot one of these beauties, let alone more than one! Because their numbers are diminishing at a […]

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How to Control Spotted Lanternfly – Natural Remedies

So, last year I was vigilantly tracking, capturing, and killing spotted lanternflies. I was quite proud of myself because none of my plants, shrubs, or trees were overtaken by them. But, alas, all good things come to an end. I just spied them the other day in their nymph stage attached to the stems of […]

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Natural Insect Repellent Plants for Your Garden

Bugs! Not many people enjoy sharing their space with insects. Insects have a habit of presenting themselves at the most inopportune times, while resting in your garden after a long day’s work, sharing a meal outside under the stars, or just having an intimate conversation with someone special under the shade of a pergola. Some […]

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Chrysanthemum Pests and Diseases – What to Look For

Hardy chrysanthemums are just what their name implies, very hardy and vigorous plants. They rarely get diseases or pests. However, if not treated well, they can succomb to fungal or bacterial diseases and pests. In this post I will explore some common chrysanthemum pests and diseases and how to cure your plants of these maladies. […]

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What is a Spotted Lanternfly – What To Do About Them?

As I was leaving a restaurant the other day, I finally saw my first spotted lanternfly. Actually I couldn’t avoid it because it hopped right into my face! I had heard so much about them and was warned to kill them on sight, but I started wondering, what is a spotted lantern fly? Is it […]

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Beneficial Garden Insects – How To Attract Them

Not many people like bugs. However, given that there are more than 900,000 different kinds of insects that have been previously named in the world, we definitely need to learn to live with them. In addition to those named, scientists estimate that unknown species could number up to 30 million! (Smithsonian) So how do we […]

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Helper Bees In The Garden – Calling All Bees!!

  Our world can not function without bees. It is estimated by the United States Department of Agriculture that bees and butterflies pollinate 75% of flowering plants and 35% of the world’s food crops. This post will focus on the helper bees, including bumble bees and honey bees. I will explain the differences between bees;  […]

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