Treating diseases and pests - page 2

Plants in the garden rarely look as pristine as the images on labels from  stores or websites. All these treatments are perfectly organic and natural!

Green lacewing, the genesis of aphid lions

Green lacewing also goes by more dramatic and telling names: golden-eyed fairy, aphid lion, aphid wolf… and each name reveals how much of a beneficial insect this is to a gardener trying to control pests. Larvae from this insect family seem to have a single goal in life: to devour aphids.
Green lacewing adult on flower

Preparing fermented rhubarb tea

A natural pest control solution, use fermented rhubarb tea during the plant’s entire growth phase. It is also possible to keep using the fermented tea after maceration for
Rhubarb, fermented, is excellent pest-combating tea

Scab, avoiding the disease

Often called apple scab, this fungus is responsible for important damage to this fruit tree, but also to plum trees and pear trees.
Scab on an apple

Deal with slugs and snails – naturally!

Every Spring season, it’s the same old story. You’re strolling through the garden, soaking in that frenzied feeling of nature waking up. Ka-POW, disaster strikes! Everywhere, slugs and snails chowing
Slug eating a leaf

Strawberry tree leaf spot

Also known simply as spot anthracnose, this disease infects strawberry trees. Symptoms are the presence of brown spots with a red or purple
Brown and black spots on strawberry tree leaves and fruits.

Fruit flies, how to fight them

Very small flies score the fruits with their ovipositor to deposit their eggs inside. These eggs will hatch inside the fruit, and the larvae will eat
Fruit fly, yellow, on bright green leaf with black background.

Attract animals to the garden

In these days of sustainable development and environmental protection, attracting animal and insect life in your garden is a necessity.
A deluxe insect hotel with holes, nooks and crannies for insects.

Tomatoes without diseases

Tomatoes are often infected with fungal diseases (related to mushrooms). A typical gardener’s first reaction is to blast the whole plant with chemicals.
Tomato plant with no disease

Avoiding and treating powdery mildew

Powdery mildew is a fungus that belongs to the Erysiphaceae family and frequently colonizes certain plants. This mold appears in the form of a light velvety white layer or white spots on leaves, which is what makes it immediately recognizable.
Powdery mildew symptoms and treatments

Bean blight, 5 diseases that cause spots and wilting on beans

Beans are a favorite in the vegetable patch, and not only for us! Many types of sickness-causing fungus and bacteria also love to infect bean plants. They cause brown or yellow spots,wilt, and other issues on bean leaves, bean pods and vines. Here are the main culprits responsible for bean blight.
Types of blight that infect bean leaves, pods and seeds

Phytophthora: one name, many plant diseases

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”.
phytophthora on a tomato plant and fruit

Treatment against Otiorhynchus larvae

This little Otiorhynchus larvae, a kind of white worm, is also called “weevil”. It sets up its nest in root crowns of flowers, ornamental plants and vegetables.
Otiorynchus larva in the ground, like a short white worm or caterpillar

Avoiding mold on food

Mold is nature’s way of recycling. It breaks plant matter down into nutrients for other plants to use. With a few natural tricks, you can stop
A plate with molding food like apples, prunes and tomato.

Onion fly, the reason why maggots are eating up your bulbs

A fly that is slightly larger than the common housefly, onion fly is a destructive pest for certain Alliaceae plants. Not only do they reproduce extremely fast, but the larvae trigger bulb rot and eat the bulbs out from the inside.
Onion fly

Xylella fastidiosa, the olive tree killer

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 Until recent times, Xylella fastidiosa wasn’t mentioned very often, but nowadays it’s become […]
Olive tree killing bacteria, xylella fastidiosa

Thrips damage and symptoms – how to tell if your plant is infected by thrips

Thrips can cause different types of damage to your plants. This depends both on the plant species and the type of thrips. Key thrips damage symptoms Sunken streaks and patches – leaves and stems Colored spots or patches – usually silver-white Stunted growth – buds (flower and leaf) Often combined with – plant virus, fungal […]
Mango leaves infected with thrips

Controlling gall wasps on plants and trees

Strange growth appears on leaves or stems of your favorite tree or plant? This is possibly due to one of several species of gall wasps. Here’s how to control gall wasps so they don’t endanger
Controlling gall wasps

Natural tips against thrips

What do a vacuum, aluminum foil, and a hose have in common? They’re great tricks to get rid of thrips – naturally! Thrips are teeny-tiny bugs that are sometimes dangerous for your plants. When you’ve got a small colony on a houseplant or just the start of an infection in the vegetable patch, these handy […]
Thrips on a bright orange yellow flower
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