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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

I was reading about how Garlic keeps insects away, and was wondering if just growing garlic in the garden will keep insects like Mosquitoes away.
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What are these insects called and how do I get rid of them?

I have a lemon tree cutting put in a paper cup wrapped in a plastic bag to contain the moisture. Everything looks good but when I lifted the cup, I saw these creepy insects. The climate in my area is ...
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Identify striped bug on plants: safe or suspect?

New to gardening, many species are unknown to me. This one (and many of its friends) with nice metallic colored stripes just apppear on my lavender, rosemary and slightly less on honeysuckle. What ...
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What is this white speck on the leaf of my plant?

I found these tiny white web-like spots on many leaves of my plant. What are these specks? And what should I do with them? Ignore them? Wash/Wipe them away with water? Pluck the infected leaves? ...
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Insect identification: black, flightless, ant-like, with exaggerated abdomen [closed]

This insect was found just north of Washington, D.C., in mid April. It resembles a large black ant with an especially large abdomen, and lacks developed wings. What is it?
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How do you organically handle lubber grasshoppers that destroy gardens?

Last summer I had a problem with black grasshoppers with yellow stripes on them, which I identified as Lubbers. Now I grow everything organically and all my plants are heirloom varieties, so last year ...
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Caterpillar identification: tan with black triangles

What will this become? Found just north of Washington, D.C., tan with black triangles, about 1.5 inches. The fibres around its head are not part of it.
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Are these primary or secondary verbena pests?

I posted before about the powdery mildew affecting my verbena plants. I have now observed that some leaves have died, and small (1 mm or less) insects are present. They're mobile so not eggs, white ...
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How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I've recently noticed that my basil and other herb plants are infested by tiny white flies. They spread out like snow-flakes when I spray the plants with water, and there are scary looking number of ...
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Ideal mesh size for insect control

This year I installed netting that was supposed to protect my plants from insects. However, what's happening is that although I've largely excluded pieris rapae, I'm getting largely uncontrolled aphid ...
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How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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What are these black spots on my rose tree?

If I press these little dots, there is a white cream-like substance inside. Some leaves are completely eaten, but I am not sure if it is linked. This plant, a rose tree, had fallen on the ground ...
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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables? [duplicate]

I have a vegetable raised box where I grow various vegetables in spring and summer. I noticed quite a few Rollie pollies in the box. Wondering if they will harm my vegetable crop this year and what if ...
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What's the best way to deal with scale insects on Pieris Japonica?

I have a heavy infestation of bark scale on 4 mature rhododendrons and 3 pieris japonica. I applied dormant oil to the rhododendrons yesterday and would like to do the same to the pieris. However, ...
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How to preserve dried herbs from fungus/bacteria or even insect attack?

My garden produces a lot of herbs, like mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, etc. I use to wash them, after gathering, and dry them in the shadow to preserve (as much as possible) their scent, color and ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth to it, but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying, so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to which ...
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What's causing discoloration and spots on my Tomato and Bell Pepper plants?

I had an issue with tomato hornworms. I sprayed my plants with a BT Dipel solution. A few days after I sprayed them, I noticed a change in the plants. I did some research and found that it could be ...
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What are these insects on my Arabian Jasmine plant & how can I eradicate them?

I have found these white moths (very small, winged, can fly) below the leaves of my Arabian jasmine plant, and the plant has stopped flowering and is in a poor state. There are surprisingly some white ...
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Which insect is this?

I saw a strange white insect on my lemon plant. Have not seen it earlier. Any idea what it could be? It also has a greenish tinge on its head.
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Is it a ladybird?

I found this near my tomato plants. Is it a ladybird?
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What is this insect, which is drilling holes into my rose bush?

I recently bought a rose bush for the first time and planted it in a large pot according to the instructions on the label. It has been about a month since then, the first yellow rose has started to ...
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Are these eggs on this Sugarcane Jujube leaf?

This is a leaf from a Sugarcane Jujube tree in Arizona. Are these eggs on the underside of this leaf? If so, what type of insect would they be from?
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How do I keep house flies away from flowers without harming bees?

Is there a pesticide or other method that can be used to keep flies off of flowers (or kill the flies) but that won't harm bees? I am in the northeastern US, dense urban area; the flowers are ...
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What should I do to keep my peppermint plant alive?

I decided to buy a small peppermint plant to have in my room this year. I put the plant in a new pot with additional soil and I've been keeping it indoors for most of the time in a place where it has ...
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What plants will keep ladybugs happy?

What plants/grasses can I plant to entice the ladybugs in my garden to stay? They are great for controlling aphids, but seem to move on pretty quickly.
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First sweet potato crop — Now what?

OK, so, I just harvested my first batch of sweet potatoes: (Holy crap, there are few things as satisfying as going on a treasure hunt in the dirt and pulling out a big ole hunk-o'-dinner!) ...
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Who/what is eating my mint?

Who/what is eating my mint? What should I do about it? Can I do something organic? I had destroyed my mint a year ago by spraying a pesticide, so I don't want to go that route. I live in Jaipur, ...
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Can rubber gloves spread plant diseases?

I use thin rubber gloves when gardening. It's autumn here in zone 6, and I'm in the process of pruning and pulling up spent perennials and all manner of wildflowers which have been growing since the ...
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Can I use ladybugs on herbs while treating trees in the same garden with imidacloprid?

I have a smallish garden. With several sections, unconnected by soil. In one section I am growing trees that are being dosed with systemic imidacloprid. Near by, but in pots, I am growing some herbs ...
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How to Get Rid of white grubs?

I noticed that I have grubs in my garden. Is there anything Organic that I can use to get rid of them? These little things totally destroy my tomato and pepper plants.
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How to prevent insects coming to a water-puddle

Some neighbours in our common building put the water-pipes of their air-conditioning systems over the garden. The water drips from the pipes and creates puddles in the garden. There are plants growing ...
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Solution for rose slugs?

Landscaping our yard, I went a bit nuts for roses and got a lot of them before I realized how tough they are! Tough to keep happy I mean. My main problem has been rose slugs -- little caterpillars ...
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How to effectively remove wood chips from the garden?

The house that I recently bought has wood chips covering the entire backyard except for the flower beds and deck. I would like to remove them and increase the flower bed size and put stones on the ...
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Why do my Chilli plants have curling leaves, falling flowers, and ants?

My Chilli plant leaves are curling, the flowers are falling, and a lot of ants are traveling all the way to the place where the new leaves and flowers are shooting. I have tried burying banana peel ...
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Are fire ants on okra plants a concern?

I've noticed fire ants crawling on my okra plants, particularly where new okra are starting to grow. However, the okra does not seem to be harmed. Is this something I should be concerned about?
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What's this? Vine with heart-shaped foliage and green-to-black fruit (Identified: Creeping Cucumber)

New member, probably my first of many "what's this" type posts. I've just recently gotten into gardening and there are a lot of wild plants around my house which are just lovely, hoping to incorporate ...
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Getting rid of maggots in a compost vessel

Related: Compost has larva or maggots? We have a compost vessel (around 300L) which we use as a supplement to our garbage can. We don't usually throw meat in it and we don't intend to ever do it ...
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My potting soil is being overrun by soil insects. How do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time getting rid of insects in my potting soil. My plants are droopy. I have applied a good amount of diatomaceous earth to all of them, even to the roots, but these insects don't ...
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what are these insects on my roses and how to kill them?

I woke up and saw these are on my roses, and they are on a some spider web-shape thing, maybe they're baby spiders, and they are moving on the flower and there are some things on the leaves that I ...
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What are these beetles/spiders on my Sambuca plant?

Can anyone recognize these beetles/spiders on the below picture, which are all over my Sambuca plant? Hires picture here. I have just sprayed them with ECOstyle LuseFri insect soap mixed with Neem ...
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Identify small, white, “ant-like” bug found in chips near tree

Can you help me identify and "diagnose" these small, white, ant-like bugs? There are red wood mulch chips around the base of a tree in my front yard. I pushed some around with my shoe, and was a bit ...
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How to handle insects in standing water

Here in Texas, we've been getting an unusual amount of rain. Large parts of my yard have been having a hard time trying to dry out, with some visible water standing just below the grass level. I've ...
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

Every year in May/June I'm observing on different plants, such as strawberries, lavender (pictured below) and different weeds, a foamy liquid containing a green insect or a larvae. At first I thought ...
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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

A little more then an year ago I got six palm trees (two vases). It was the Californian equivalent of an Areca palm (the guy in the nursery suggested this one after I asked for an Areca for its air ...
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Flies around arborvitae and yews

A few days ago I noticed dozens of small flying insects flying around my arborvitae. They move too fast and are too small to take a picture of but they are about the size and appearance of fungus ...
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Spring Cleanup: How to preserve beneficial insects

I want to give beneficial insects the best possible opportunity to survive the winter in my yard. For the past several years, I've been leaving most of my perennials stand over winter and clean them ...
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Sodding a grub-damaged area in Southwest Florida

I've got some white grub damaged areas (I've seen some on the top of the damaged areas) in our front lawn that will need to be replaced. It's probably too late in the cycle to really do anything about ...
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Indoor pesticide for edible plants

I've got a small indoor container garden, with a variety of herbs, a couple of flowers, and a couple of succulents. A while ago, we noticed very small white insects moving around on my morning ...
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How can I remove locust eggs from the soil, and prevent future infestations?

A few days ago I saw a locust standing still in my little vegetable garden. I was really surprised that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that it was ...