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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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Worms in Hinklehatz peppers

I cut open some hinklehatz peppers from my garden today to dry them out and to my (unfortunate) surprise, I found some worms living happily inside a few of them! I stupidly reacted in a disgusted way ...
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Why are my tomatoes cracking and what can I do?

(Memphis, TN. Zone 7) First garden. I'm growing tomatoes in two parts of the yard. One gets more sun than the other: the partially-shaded area is producing well, but in the the sun-baked area they're ...
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How can I stop an urban fox from using my garden as its toilet?

I live in the UK, in an urban terraced street where all of the back gardens are next to each other with fairly low walls. Recently what I believe to be an urban fox has started using our lawn as its ...
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What might be eating my butter bibb lettuce plants?

I live in southwest MN and have started growing some vegetables in containers. We had a big storm, so I put the pots on the ground beside my porch because they always get blown over. Today, I noticed ...
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How do I prevent raccoons from eating my corn?

This harvest I was not able to pick a single corn cob. Some large animal(s), I suspect raccoons, got to them before they were ripe (I would find peeled and gnawed corn littering the lawn and the corn ...
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Is a zucchini that had a maggot under the flower still safe to eat?

My zucchini plant had vine borer. I did surgery on the plant to get rid of it and covered it back with soil. Before I did all of that, I cut off a zucchini that was ready to be picked. I took off ...
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Any plants that work as a racoon repellent? [duplicate]

I saw 4 raccoons in my vegetable garden, doing what they do best with people's gardens. Please let me know if I could plant anything in or around at the borders to my vegetable garden that would ...
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What are some deer resistant edible plants?

I was browsing a gardening store online, and I came across a berry that it advertised as 'deer resistant' (the purple beautyberry). This made me laugh (gladly; not mockingly), because nothing seems to ...
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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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How do I deter a pesky groundhog from eating my vegetables?

I woke to see my zucchini, yellow squash and sunflower leaves "gone". Are there any proven suggestions on how to keep groundhogs away? I do have a 3 ft chicken wire fence around my garden area. I ...
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How can I keep ants off of my hummingbird feeder?

I have a hummingbird feeder hanging from the side of my carport, and I noticed today that ants had discovered it. Since it's right next to my house, I don't really want the ants learning that there's ...
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Is this flea beetle damage on this hollyhock?

Here's a picture of a hollyhock. It's been covered with holes like this all year (and the ones last year were, too, all year). As a side note, I gave it potassium for the yellowing of the leaves, ...
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Should I put wood mulch around my wooden fence?

I have a wooden fence that is 20 feet away from my house. Right next to this fence, I have planted various types of berries. I would like to mulch these berries with wood chip mulch because it is ...
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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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Corkscrew Willow Bark Peeling and Bugs

We have a Corkscrew Willow tree which currently has bark peeling off. We took the rest of the bark off to allow the tree to dry (to prevent moisture in the tree). I was wondering if we need to spray ...
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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How to rid my grape vines of Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

I have some Johnston seedless grape vines and I am starting to notice caterpillars that I believe are Grapeleaf Skeletonizer. Can someone suggest an organic means of ridding them from my vines? I ...
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Are these insect eggs from Rosy Apple Aphids?

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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Something destroying my flower garden and potted plants [closed]

All of my flowers, including my potted ones, are being dug into at the roots but the flowers are not being eaten. What do I do?
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Small black/gray bugs proliferating in vegetable garden

I have previously noticed (on a sunny day, when my plants were all still small) a lot of tiny black/gray (maybe even /brown) bugs crawling around on the woodchips in my garden with a seeming flea-like ...
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Ants, birds or another insect eating the fruit?

I discovered the nectarine below with some small black ants eating the raw flesh. I'm trying to work out if the ants ate through the skin and are the sole cause or if this was started by a bird or a ...
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White map-like tomato leaves (hydroponic) manifesting [duplicate]

I am growing cherry tomato using kratky hydroponic method and ive seen these map-like lines manifesting on a number of leaves. I had to remove the infected leaves to control the infection if you will. ...
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What is eating my basil?

I have had a terrible time with my basil. I do not see any bugs or slugs. Nothing on the undersides of the leaves BUT there are obvious holes from the center of the leaves as well as bites taken out ...
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Identify ant-like pests under rock

I turned up a rock just outside my house in the garden and found these ant-like creatures. Are these termites or ghost ants or what? And see the video
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What are the tiny white bugs on my spinach and how should I treat them?

They don't look like the images of aphids I see when I search Google. They don't move much and are about the size of a strawberry seed or sesame seed. What are they, what's a good treatment for them, ...
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Is this a desease or pest on my pepper-seedlings?

Today I noticed on my pepper seedlings that some of the leaves have on their bottom-side close to the steam some light-green-dots. To my uneducated eyes this looks like something is hatching inside ...
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Are Seibel 13053(aka Cascade) grapevines phylloxera-resistant?

Last summer I got three near-death Seibel 13053 grapevines for free. I managed to keep them alive and they are now pretty healthy looking. I only know they are supposed to be virus-free and ...
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What is a good way to get rid of fire ants in Florida? [duplicate]

I unfortunately have huge 3 feet across and larger of fire ant nests in the yard. I have tried Ortho Orthene and Spectracide but they aren't getting all the ants. They just pack up and move over ...
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Planting to deter cats

I am doing a bit of work around our garden, part of which will involve surfacing a largeish area with bark mulch. There are a lot of cats around our area, and they are already frequently in our ...
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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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How can I find out what's eating my chilli plants?

I'm in Sydney, Australia. I live in an apartment 3 stories off the ground floor. My chilli plants are in pots on my balcony. Recently (last 2 weeks) I have noticed that something is eating the ...
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Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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How Do I Get Rid Of Moles [duplicate]

How can I prevent, get rid of moles in my yard? I have tried traps and the glandular poison. Moles come back every spring.
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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What is this small green bug with long legs and antennae, in New Zealand?

I have found an insect sitting on one of my plants, in Auckland, New Zealand. It is sitting on a broad bean leaf about 6 cm wide Is this a friend or foe?
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What are my options for securing my fenced back yard against rabbits?

I want to plant a vegetable garden in my backyard, but there are a ton of rabbits in the neighborhood. Instead of enclosing my entire raised bed(s), it seems like it could be simpler to just make the ...
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What is this disease on my lime plant? [duplicate]

What is this disease on my lime plant? And how to fix it?
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Are cockroaches pests in the compost heap?

I dug up my compost pile last weekend. it is made of aerated concrete blocks, just layed in a square, no cement. located on the rooftop of our 4 stories building, located in Hong Kong. Beside the ...
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What is this pest on my hydroponic basil and how can I remove it?

Here are some snapshots of hydroponic basil growing in Thailand. Within a week I've had some pest, it looks like some tiny dark-red arachnids, spinning web on young leaves and crawling mostly on the ...
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How do I treat and care for trees infested with borers?

One of my apple trees recently started to look like it's dying (leaves dying when they shouldn't, bark peeling, lack of fruit, new branches growing and then quickly dying). My neighbor looked at it ...
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What birdseed can I use to attract native birds in Houston, TX, that won't attract squirrels?

I'd like to know what kind of bird seed would be good for the birds in the Houston area without attracting pests or creating a harmful environment for my garden. I've tried going to the local pet ...
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Is asparagus deer resistant?

I love the idea of edible landscapes, and asparagus is a nice early season treat that can wind up looking great in certain areas. BUT I don't want to waste time planting it all over if the deer are ...
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How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings?

After cursing all the slugs in my yard and removing the few that I could catch, I was quite shocked yesterday to discover 100+ young plants all chewed to the ground. I was going out at 9 - 10pm to ...
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Is it important to deal with gall wasps on oak trees? If so, what is the best method?

Gall wasps are a common problem here on the east end of Long Island. Oaks are a dominant species around here, and many clients rely on them for shade around their houses and yards. What should be done ...
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Should I be concerned about twisted galls on my lombardy poplar trees?

We have lots of large twisted galls on our lombardy poplar trees' leaf stems. I've heard that twisted galls on poplar trees are not a threat to the tree. So, I'm not worried about them killing the ...
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How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?

I have an ant infestation in my garden. Whenever I water my containerized plants or in-ground plants, most of the time, ants emerge to the surface. I think they do that because they don't want to ...
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What's flying around my basil? [closed]

I have a large pot of basil growing in my yard. The other day, I was cutting leaves for pesto, the first few minutes were ok, then a small black and silver (grey?) bee-like insect accompanied me (like ...
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What are these small yellow bugs that are attacking my eggplant, and how can I stop them?

Our Eggplant got infected by some yellow pests (see image). Can anyone identify what they are? I try to avoid using pesticides whenever possible. What can be possible solutions to get rid of ...
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What are these lines on tomato leaves? [duplicate]

I have planted some tomatoes in my garden. The plants have started showing white lines as shown in the picture. Is this some disease? If yes, What kind of disease is this? Is it safe to eat tomatoes ...