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Pest Control

Tweet They fill in the aisles and springtime displays of most every garden supply and home improvement store. Garden pesticides are so familiar it can be hard to see them as the enemies they truly are. But the dangers lurking within those common products are known toxins, some of them hidden unlabeled on the product […]

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Tweet Of all garden pests, the opossum – or possum as it is known to many – is one of the most persistent. There are as many suggestions for how to get opossums out of the garden as there are gardeners, and as with many pest control measures, each one should be researched thoroughly before […]

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Tweet Squirrels are a common garden nuisance no matter where you live, but there are ways to lessen their impact. There are several schools of thought about the right way to get rid of squirrels in the garden and with good reason – none of them work 100% of the time! Here are a few […]

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Tweet You might not know that the common white grub worm is actually the larvae of the June Bug / June Beetle. It is easy to recognize the grub worm from its creamy white color, distinctive “C” shape and length of approximately 1 inch. The grub worms hatch from eggs laid by female June Bugs […]

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UrbanFig: Aphids

How to Control Aphids

by on December 10, 2012

Tweet Aphids are one of the more persistent pests in the urban garden, and while you might think that you’re just dealing with one pest, there are actually aphids in several varieties and colors, including green, brown, black, yellow and red that can invade your home garden. They are destructive and prolific, with the female […]

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TweetThe leafminer (or leaf miner) gets its name because it likes to eat leaf matter from the inside of leaves. This feeding habit makes it readily apparent when you are dealing with a leaf miner – large, blotchy spots or trails on the leaf face that indicate that inner damage. While the appearance of damage […]

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UrbanFig: Snails

Fall Gardening Tips

by on November 16, 2012

Tweet Get Into Containers If you aren’t already a fan of container gardening, there’s no time like the present to become a convert. Growing fall plants in containers make them easier to protect from surprise cold snaps and inclement weather, and if you like to push the envelope like we do, you just might be […]

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Tweet Good Bugs Assassin Bug These bad boys are good for gardeners because they love to feast on the bugs that most harm your garden. Be on your watch though, they’ll bite you too and it won’t feel good. Green Lacewing It is the larvae of the green lacewing that is the most predatory. They […]

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Tweet Of all of the garden pests I get questions about, ants are the most common by a large margin. It may be because they are one of the most persistent pests both indoors and out, and when it comes to the garden the conditions are perfect for ants to take up homestead. Loose earth […]

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Tweet Dishwashing Liquid The kitchen staple cleaner is a must-have in the garden as well. A solution of dish soap and water is all it takes to stop aphids in their tracks, and it doesn’t require you purchasing anything out of the ordinary. No more than a teaspoonful in a clean spray bottle full of […]

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TweetAn infestation in the garden can ruin your day and your harvest. In many cases, knowing what to look for – the early signs of pests infestation – can save your crops and your sanity as well. Let’s take a look a few first signs that you should always be on the lookout for. Color […]

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Tweet Ants Ants are one of the most annoying wee beasts in the garden and they can be difficult to eradicate completely. I have had luck with sprinkling spent coffee grounds around the areas that I want to keep ant-free. Use caution when using a commercial ant product in the garden and only use products […]

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Tweet Plant disease and insect infestations don’t have to ruin the day or the garden. Here are 5 of our favorite natural remedies for common garden diseases : 1 Vinegar A solution of 5 Tablespoons of 5% vinegar to 1 gallon of water can be sprayed on plants infested with leafspot or mildew to eliminate […]

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TweetWe get a lot of questions about urban garden pest control and today we wanted to share some good info on some of the insects that threaten the beloved tomato plant. Tomato Hornworms The tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) is an ugly beast. One look at them and you will easily see where they got their […]

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TweetCOMPANION PLANTING CHART While far from definitive, this list of popular urban garden plants will help you get started with companion planting and it will be updated and improved all the time! Where applicable, plants in the list are linked to information on how to grow and care for them. New to companion planting? Here’s […]

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TweetFar away in India there is a magical tree that goes by the mysterious name of Azadirachta indica. To the layman it is called the Neem tree and the oil derived from its nuts has some pretty impressive qualities. In addition to being used for medicinal and hygienic purposes, Neem oil is also an effective […]

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In this video, Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd.com shares with UrbanFig her trick to protecting young seedlings from birds and caterpillars.

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Tweet A few months ago I was battling the aphids again, this time on my Swiss chard plants, the three that I’ve had for nearly two years. After numerous attempts of spraying with organic pesticides and hosing the aphids off I decided to change methods. Cut it back! This was my mother’s trick in the […]

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TweetIf you live anywhere near a community whether in the city or the suburbs, chances are good that there are outdoors cats around. I love the precious little furry bundles of love just as much as the next guy, but when it comes to cats in the garden I have to draw the line. Cats […]

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