Leafminers are the larvae of what will eventually become a moth, beetle or fly. Mature insects lay their eggs on the leaves of various plants because the leaves of the plant are a life source that provides both nutrients and shelter for their undeveloped offspring. The larvae then tunnel through the leaf itself, leaving a […]
Cotton Bollworms are an invasive pest that destroys the bolls, the rounded seed capsule, of cotton. The adult form of these pests, a large cream-colored moth, lay their eggs on the leaves and of the cotton plant. These eggs, which are also cream colored but turn a darker brown, are about the size of a […]
While those unfamiliar with their tyrannical reign may just see small bumps on the trunk of a shrub or tree, gardeners see the life-sucking insects infesting their poor plants. Scales are tiny insects with shells that attach to a host plant, like parasites. Left unattended, these armored nightmares can cause serious damage to a plant.
Hyssop is a beautiful herbaceous plant with tall blooms, dark green leaves, and a woody stem. It is a perennial plant that grows to be approximately two or three feet tall. The plant originates from areas of southern Europe and the Middle East. The blooms are usually purple in color, although they can be pink, […]
With green foliage and vivid blooms, sedum is an attractive, versatile solution to trouble spots in the gardener’s landscape. Also known as “stonecrop,” it’s a low-maintenance leaf succulent from the Crassulaceae family native to the Northern Hemisphere and parts of Africa and South America.
Creeping Jenny, also known as moneywort, is an evergreen perennial plant found in Europe that grows well in most of the United States. Its rounded yellow leaves look great along pathways, spilling over containers, along the banks of lakes and rivers. Creeping Jenny blooms with yellow flowers from late spring into summer, and, depending on […]
Butter lettuce is a variety of lettuce included in the category known as butterhead. Butterhead includes lettuces such as butter lettuce, Boston lettuce, and Bibb lettuce. This type of lettuce originates from the Mediterranean, though its two most popular varieties were cultivated in the United States. Butter lettuce originates from a very old variety of […]
Starting seeds can be a truly rewarding practice for the home gardener, but it does require some basic know-how and the right materials. If you’re new to growing plants from seed, it’s important to understand that not all products or DIY ideas floating around the Internet will yield the same results. Here’s a brief rundown […]
Worried about losing your mental edge as you get older? One solution might be loading up on your leafy greens. Although cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older, according to a study by researchers […]
Anemones are a perennial flowering plant that is part of the buttercup family. They are also sometimes referred to as windflowers due to the Greek meaning of their name. In Greek mythology, anemone flowers are a symbol of the love between Adonis and Aphrodite. These fairytale flowers are easy to grow and make a low-maintenance […]
Most gardeners are familiar with companion planting in the vegetable garden, finding combinations of compatible plants that grow well in pairs or as a group, such as the famous three sisters combo of squash, corn, and beans. There is also a science to companion planting in the herb garden, and many herbs are great complements […]
Living in an apartment or in a home with no good options for an outdoor garden can seem like a challenge when it comes to growing an edible garden. Limited yourself to inside growing can make gardening feel difficult or impossible. The truth is that it is not impossible to creatively use the space you […]