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Organic Gardening

Grape leaffolder caterpillars on grape leaf

Using Bt for Organic Caterpillar Control in Your Garden

If caterpillars are devouring your garden, one safe and effective way to get rid of them is by applying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring, organic bacteria that can be applied as a liquid or powder. Read on to find out more.

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Tomato plants surrounded by straw mulch

Weed-Proofing a Vegetable Garden

After planting her garden, my grandmother would spread layers of old newspaper between the rows, topped with straw, to make a weed-suppressing barrier that still let moisture through. This year I decided to give her method a try myself. Read on to find out how I went about it.

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Basil growing near tomatoes in a container garden.

Does Planting Basil Near Tomato Plants Repel Insects?

“I read somewhere that if you plant basil with tomatoes, it will repel insects and make the tomatoes taste better. Is there any truth to that?”

While there’s little scientific evidence, basil is thought to be a natural deterrent for several insect pests. Read on to find out more.

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Protect Trees and Shrubs with Dormant Sprays

Protect Trees and Shrubs with Dormant Sprays

Winter is a good time to get a leg up on pests and diseases on deciduous trees and shrubs with dormant sprays. Dormant sprays kill overwintering insects and fungal diseases that can threaten your plants next spring. Read on for more information about how to use dormant sprays in your yard.

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Spray bottle and natural soap

How to Make Homemade Insecticidal Soap for Plants

Thanks to insecticidal soap, controlling soft-bodied insects in your garden and on houseplants has never been easier! Read on for a simple recipe for making your own homemade insecticidal soap using ordinary household ingredients.

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Spraying houseplant with insecticidal soap

How to Use Insecticidal Soap on Plants

Problems with spider mites? Give your plants a bath using insecticidal soap! Made from a simple soap solution, insecticidal soap is a greener, more eco-friendly approach to controlling soft-bodied insects in the garden and on houseplants. Read on to find out more about using insecticidal soap on your plants.

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Products containing pyrethrum insecticide

Is Pyrethrum a Safe Organic Pesticide?

“What is pyrethrum? Is it a safe organic pesticide?”

Pyrethrum refers to the daisy from which the insecticide pyrethrin is extracted. Read on for more information about the organic aspects and safety of pyrethrum.

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Lawn Treatments That Are Safe for Birds

Jean asks, “Are there any lawn treatments that are safe for birds?”

Pesticides, can be highly toxic to birds, both by directly poisoning them and altering the ecosystem they depend on for survival. Read on to find out how to keep your lawn safe for birds.

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