If you are a fan of natural and environmentally-friendly detergents and cosmetics products, you probably already came across black soap to maintain your home. But did you know that black soap is also very useful in the garden as an insecticide and fungicide? We will explain its different uses and dosages. What is black soap […]
Olive tree blight is a merciless killer. Protect your orchard against Xylella fastidiosa. Key facts Botanical name – Xylella fastidiosa Common name – Olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS), Pierce’s disease, Olive tree blight Family – Xanthomonadaceae Sub-species – fastidiosa, multiplex, pauca and sandyi Type – Bacterial disease Symptoms – leaf scorch, chlorosis, stunting, twig desiccation […]
This little jumping flea beetle is especially fond of vegetable garden foliage, which it cheerfully perforates! Discover how to recognize flea beetles and which natural treatments to use to eliminate them.
Phytophthora is a word used to describe more than just a single disease. The term refers to many different plant pathologies which have more or less severe impacts (crown rot, mildew, ink disease, etc.) It’s more accurate to use the phrase “phytophthora diseases”.
Famous for being vineyard owners’ #1 enemy, downy mildew is a constant threat to grape harvests. This blight also threatens certain other vegetables from the vegetable patch such as tomato and potato, too.
Beans are a favorite in the veggie patch, and not only for us! Many types of bean blight exist, caused by fungus, viruses, mites and bacteria. They infect bean plants and trigger brown or yellow spots,wilt, and other issues on bean leaves, bean pods and vines. Here are the main culprits responsible for bean blight.
Even if you try your best to be an animal lover, voles still tend to get on your nerves. This short-lived rodent has the annoying habit of turning the ground in your vegetable garden into a vast network of tunnels. And to make matters worse,
Like quackgrass, field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) and hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) belong to this category of weeds that are hard to get rid of. Vigorous and fast-growing, bindweed winds and twines around plant stems, climbs up fences, creeps along the ground in vegetable gardens… And it teases the gardener with its pure white or pink […]
The bug often called “cherry fruit fly” is a tiny fly that lays eggs on ripening cherries. It’s also called the “cherry maggot“. Generally, this happens end of May or beginning of June, and can last until July.
Weeding has always been the starting point of many questions. How can undesired growth be removed without polluting the Earth and our environment? Can we weed naturally and efficiently, without using noxious herbicides that would seep into our plants and our bodies?
With immense pride, you’ve sown seeds for either a veggie patch or a showy garden. A steady shower of water brings forth the first timid shoots. But –wait– those young sprouts don’t look so good! They’re feeble, soft… probably suffering from damping off!
Very fragrant, wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) forms the base for an effective liquid manure, serving as a repellent to push away certain pests, and also as a curative treatment against certain fungal diseases.
Today, chemical insecticides are no longer an option for gardeners. And that’s a good thing! But pests haven’t gotten the message that they’re not welcome… An invasion of pests can destroy a crop in a few days or weeks, to the gardener’s great despair.
Though the adult cranefly doesn’t harm plants in the garden or vegetable patch, the same cannot be said for its larva. Cranefly larva (leatherjacket is a common example) will indeed devour roots of plants, killing them from below. Luckily this is not inevitable. There are ways to limit the damage they cause. Cranefly key facts: […]