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Squash Bug and Squash Beetle - Double Trouble

Squash beetle adult If squash vine borer or bacterial wilt disease don’t take out your squash plants this summer you will probably be battling an old nemesis- squash bug- and may encounter a new pest- squash beetle. The squash bug is a “true bug” with a triangular thorax (middle insect segment) and...

Late Blight FAQs

Back to Late Blight of Tomatoes/Potatoes Q. What is late blight? A. Late blight is a disease caused by a fungus-like microorganism that infects and kills tomato and potato plants. The pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, was responsible for the Irish potato famine of the 1840’s. Late blight can occur...

Two Organic Pesticides for Vegetable Gardens

The University of Maryland Extension teaches the integrated pest management (IPM) approach and the first step in IPM is correct identification of the problem. In many cases, the problem is fleeting or results in very little real injury to the plant. Gardeners can often correct or prevent problem...

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the story on the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)? The brown marmorated stink bug ( Halyomorpha halys ) is a new pest in North America. Adult bugs are 5/8” and dark mottled brown. The last 2 antennal segments have alternating light and dark bands. The exposed edges of the abdomen also have...

Types of Vegetable Gardens

In-ground Gardens Start small with an in-ground garden or raised beds; it is easy to "bite off more than you can chew." A good starter size for a vegetable garden is 50-75 square feet. Expand when you are ready. Start by preparing the soil for your garden . Raised Beds Raised beds are improved...

Succession Planting - Vegetables

Back to Caring for Your Garden Succession planting is an excellent tool for maximizing food production. You simply plant something new in spots vacated by spent plants, e.g., sowing sweet corn seed after spring peas are finished. List the crops you plan to grow on paper and draw a map showing the...

Direct Seeding

Sow Seeds in the Ground for a Vegetable Garden Consult our (PDF) Vegetable Planting Calendar for guidance on when to plant seeds in the ground; A good rule of thumb is to sow seeds 2 to 3 times deeper than their width; Sow seeds more deeply in light, sandy soil and less deeply in heavier, clay...

Raised Beds

How to Build a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Raised beds are improved areas of soil elevated above ground level and often surrounded and contained with boards or other rigid materials. They are usually 2- to 4-ft. wide, 2- to 12-in. high and as long as desired. The raised bed or growing bed is the...

Planning a Vegetable Garden

Planning a Vegetable Garden So, you're ready to start a vegetable garden and you want to get your hands in the soil right away! A little planning now will help prevent frustration later. Whether you plan to make an in-ground garden or raised beds or prefer to do container gardening on the deck,...

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