Recent Pesticide Alternatives Articles

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Growing a Bee-Friendly Garden

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 21, 2014

Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants, because you could unwittingly be hurting...

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More News About Bee Deaths, and It's Not Good

Posted by Katie Marks | Aug 13, 2013

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a looming issue in the news for years as bees die off in growing numbers for reasons that aren't always apparent. Researchers are sinking all...

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How to Control Garden Gophers

Posted by Steve Graham | Jun 23, 2013

Gophers can be a serious threat in home gardens. They have a nasty reputation for pulling entire plants down from their roots and eating them. Even if your plants haven’t been...

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Fun Facts About Brood II Cicadas

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 22, 2013

Fun fact #1: Cicadas have emerged and swarmed Staten Island, NY. Exterminators have perhaps their biggest project ever. Will the cicada infestation of 2013 be worse for Staten Island...

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How Not to Get Stung By Bees

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 15, 2013

It is no secret that the author of this article is a big fan of honey bees and bumble bees, and an unabashed promoter of bee-friendly landscaping. That is why I choose to begin this...

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Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Posted by Cris Carl | May 20, 2012

Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden not only can bring a sense of delight, but tie you into something greater as well. “You can enjoy the full circle in your...

Bt makes these roses bloom. (Roses and photo by Erica Glasener.)

The Only Insecticide I Use

Posted by Erica Glasener | Apr 12, 2012

The plants I grow in my garden, both ornamental and edible, must not only survive but thrive without requiring a regular spray program. The one exception in my Atlanta, Georgia garden...

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Dirty Dozen Garden Products & the President's Summer House Sold

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Dec 06, 2011

Today's Links We Like High Utility Light and Power Gifts ― Unclutterer. By an Open Fire ― The Adventures of Tartanscot. President Obama's "Summer White House" Sold ― Curbed. ...