IPM (Part II)

Bug Basics, Pathogen Particulars & Pesticide Parameters Insects are members of the phylum of arthropods, which have jointed appendages, segmented bodies, and an exoskeleton. The class Insecta is the largest and most diverse group of creatures on earth with over 800,000 different species. They may be found in any environment, on or under the surface…

Viva Vita! (07-3)

From In Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West July 10, 1949 One learns a lot from visiting other people’s gardens. One get’s ideas. I got a lot of ideas from a famous garden I visited recently; so many, that I feel like a wine glass spilling over; so many, that I cannot compress them all into this short…

Integrated Pest Management / IPM (Part I)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) vs. Plant Health Care (PHC) To some (many? …most?) this will probably seem like a droll, idiosyncratic technical topic that would only be of interest to the wonkiest of landscape professionals–perhaps even only the wonkiest of landscape pest management professionals. Alas, I happen to find it of interest so feel free…

The Curious Gardener (July)

From The Curious Gardener  By Anna Pavord It is a wonderful relief to leaf through gardening magazines and realize that there are so many thing that I don’t want. No, it’s stronger than that. There are things that, even if they arrived for free, would still be put straight in the boot of the car and driven…

Viva Vita 07-02

From More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West July 12, 1955 To my astonishment I have at last succeeded in growing mushrooms. I had tried over and over again, following al of the directions about making up the bed in a damp cellar, using horse manure instead of cow manure, watching the temperature and so on, but…

Viva Vita! 07-1

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West July 05, 1953 Provided one does not run the idea to death, and provided one has enough room, it is interesting to make a one-color garden. It is something more than merely interesting. It is great fun and endlessly amusing as an experiment, capable of perennial improvement, as you…