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What is it? Wednesday

Fall Webworm Tent Tent Structure Fall webworm caterpillars incorporate leaves, and sometimes entire branches in silken tents spun, typically, at branch tips. (In contrast, eastern tent caterpillar,...

Managing Water in the Home Landscape

The weather events and weather patterns of recent years, like the “1000 year storm” in 2015 associated with Hurricane Joaquin, have left residents grappling with water management in their yards. On...

What is it? Wednesday

Tobacco Hornworm and Braconid Wasps Fast Fact Cotesia congregata are important biological control agents of about a dozen moth species in two families (Sphingidae and Noctuidae). Life Cycle An adult...

Cover Crops for the Fall

Planning to leave the vegetable garden fallow this fall? If you take the time to plant a cover crop instead, you will reap the benefits later. In general, cover crops protect the soil from erosion,...

What’s this stuff in my stream!?

“There’s orange water coming up through the ground!” said the homeowner who called me last week, wondering what kind of contaminant had made its way into her yard. If you’ve ever come across this...

Monarda (Bee balm)

Our family now has a new favorite garden perennial plant. Ever since our ‘Jacob Cline’ Monarda (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’) came into bloom, it has been the most gorgeous flower we have tried in...

Toad Lily

Toad lilies (Tricyrtis hirta) bloom from September to October and have small, lily-like white to pale lilac flowers with heavy purple to maroon spots. They prefer evenly moist, well-drained,...

Jumpstart Healthy Behavior Change

If healthy behavior changes were easy, you would not have clicked this post in hopes of finding a quick solution to becoming a better version of yourself. The truth is, making healthy behavior...

Food Insecurity and Food Deserts

Food Insecurity and Food Deserts are terms used in the news to describe society’s status with food. What is Food Insecurity? Food Insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to adequate...

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