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How can I keep birds away from seed onions?

I've just planted onions in garden and I've found little birds trying to steal the small onions today. How can I keep birds from stealing the onions?
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Ants in my garden: good or bad?

While weeding my garden I found a bunch of ant nests (red ants and small black ants). My first inclination was to destroy the nest and send them packing, but I didn't know if they might aerate the ...
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Is this beetle on my apricot tree a pest?

My apricot tree is infested with black and white beetles on the branches. They are 2-3 cm / 1 inch long. I can't find an identification on the web. There is no visible damage to the tree. Is this ...
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What are these pests on my Cussonia Bonsai

My Cussonia bonsai suffers from these pests which I cannot recognize. I cleaned the leaves with alcohol 90%, but they keep on coming (but perhaps these are pests eggs that hatched?). Could you please ...
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What is causing these dark spots on my bonsai tree?

My Cussonia bonsai suffers for a couple of months now from an unrecognized pest. First I thought these are mites, so I bought a powder that you mix with water and spray on the leaves. But ...
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What might be eating my seedlings (no sign of slugs or millipedes)?

I've got a little greenhouse to get seedlings started and to protect potted vegetables until a bigger, albeit temporary hoop greenhouse can be built (happening now...). Last night I lost a dozen ...
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What to do about squiggly white lines on artichoke leaves?

I have an artichoke planted in a raised bed in southern California, USA. The new leaves at the core look healthy and happy, but the biggest, oldest, outermost leaves develop white squiggly lines. At ...
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How can I keep squirrels from digging in my pots and gardens?

I live in a wooded area which is home to many local squirrels. They are constantly digging up plants in my garden and in my pots. They never eat anything, they just dig holes everywhere. What is an ...
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My indoor plant has an orange mold-like substance growing on it and has tiny white bugs. How can I remove it?

I have my very first plant in my cube and it seems to be doing just fine. However, there is an orange mold-like substance growing on the top of the soil, and I can see a few tiny white bugs crawling ...
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Chilli Plant Bugs/Brown-Purple Staining

I have an indoor jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye chillies which I planted from seed and moved indoors at the end of summer. They have become infested with tiny bugs which live on the bottoms of the ...
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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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Lots of grasshoppers in the backyard

My backyard has grasshoppers. Lots and lots of grasshoppers. I tend to ignore them, because it's currently a weed garden more than anything else. I tried planting a raised bed this year with some ...
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Is something wrong with my zucchini plant?

I have three large zucchini plants in my garden, and all three have been producing nice fruits for a few weeks. The last couple days, one of them has started to turn yellow and sickly: I've never ...
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Should I clear my plants of cobwebs?

I have a few plants that have cobwebs on them. Should I clear these cobwebs and discourage the spiders that live there, as they may cause damage to the plants, or should I leave them, as they might ...
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What are these white arthropods infesting my succulents?

My attempts to grow succulents continue to struggle - two from my wedding, which had been doing fairly well, appear to have developed, fairly swiftly, an infestation with some sort of mite: Any ...
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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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What are and how to prevent these maggots in my lovage?

When harvesting some of my lovage I noticed that some foilage has dried out or has large yellow spots. In one of the leave I saw an inhabitant - see below. This maggot was inside the leave: on both ...
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How do I keep mosquitos out of my fountain?

I found lots of mosquito larvae in my fountain. How can I get rid of them? A local store has the doughnut thingies but they are expensive. I'd prefer a homemade solution if possible. I tried ...
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What is the disease or organism that is causing this issue with my raspberry plants?

the stem is affected for about 1 inch normally near the tip. The tip is dead/wilted and there seems to be a distinct patter of a ring at the top and bottom of the "eaten" area.
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What is the best way to keep deer away?

I've been contemplating putting up a fence, but I'm not exactly sure how high it should be. Can anyone point me to some instructions on what specs a good deer fence should have as well as how to ...
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My aloysia has some kind of rash

I have some herbs growing in a couple of pots on my balcony. Today I noticed that the aloysia leaves are all covered in this stuff, it looks as if somebody emptied an ashtray on it. It mostly on the ...
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fava bean beetle?

I've noticed this beetle on in our Fava beans. They crawl out and fly away, leaving perfectly circular little holes. Any idea what they are and what they do? Besides the little hole, the beans seem ...
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What are these critters in my guava tree and do I need to get rid of them?

I have a couple of guava trees that are starting to flower and while noting the flowers today I saw a number of very small, black bugs hanging out on some of the leaves and stems. They look like baby ...
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What is this grub-like bug that's eating my eggplant leaves?

Recently I noticed some bugs eating the leaves of my eggplant. This is the first time I've ever seen these and so far the only plants they are on are the eggplant, they wont touch the peppers next to ...
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Holes in our landscaping

Something's digging in the shredded bark, unearthing our shrubs/roses/perennials. What is it and what's it after? It's July in Michigan -- a little late for grubs, right?
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Leaves at the tip on new branches of my cherry-trees are wrinkled

On my cherry-trees I observed that the leaves of the tips of newly grown branches are wrinkled and inside there is something which simply said looks like black dirt. The leaves do not look damaged, ...
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How do you get rid of a swarm of cicadas?

I noticed a swarm of large amber coloured bugs on my walk home today. I think they were cicadas (they were moving too fast and it was too dark to take a picture). They seemed to be swarming around ...
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Why are there wasps in my garden?

I tend to my garden once a day and about half the time see one or more wasps crawling on one of my lettuce heads. I've always been told that wasps are predators so I presume they aren't there to eat ...
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What is this moth-like bug on my tree?

Check out what I found today on my 2 year old tree. It's about 2 to 3 inches in length not including those massive wings. glorious full size picture full size #2 The tree is a Texas Mountain ...
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How to make a fake scare owl, and do different animals respond to different abstractions?

I would like to keep squirrels off of my peach tree. They have gotten over half of the peaches already. Is there a way to make a home-made scare owl? I have found a few resources on-line, but they ...
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Ants and aphids - which should I fight first

My garden is full of ants, but I thought they are harmless and so I have been putting up with them till now. However, yesterday I noticed that a pot plant has some aphids in it, and a lot of ants were ...
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What keeps digging up my veggies?

The last two mornings I have come out to find 4 or 5 of my newly planted vegetables dug up out of their holes. The plants themselves appear to be undamaged so I just keep replanting them in the hole ...
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How to protect vegetable garden from pests (possibly squirrels or possums)?

I don't know if it's squirrels or possums or what, but some pesky varmints keep eating my produce. How can I stop them from getting to it? Since they can climb the fence around the yard, obviously ...
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What are these black spots on white splotches appearing on my tomato seedling?

Here are pictures of the infected leaves. I cut them off the plant as soon as I saw them today. Click for full size Here are close-ups of the most infected leaf: Click for full size What can ...
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Could I have prevented an Emerald Ash Borer infestation?

Our city sent us a letter informing us that the ash tree in our parkway was infested with the Emerald Ash Borer insect. The city removed the tree a few weeks ago. Is there anything I could have done ...
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What is this bluish-grey bug on my lettuce, and how do I treat it?

I have a planter with several lettuce plants and other plants growing on my balcony. Recently, all of "normal" leafy lettuces were rapidly overcome by a bug. A sawtooth, more mizuna-like lettuce was ...
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What are the little bugs at my foundation?

The north side of my house is in the shade of some big spruces, and we're in a valley, so the area that they come from is quite shaded. They are little red ant-like insects that I never see until they ...
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What are these white bugs all over my lettuce?

I noticed these tiny white bugs on several of my romaine leaves today. Detail is not great since it was a camera phone, but they're about 2mm in length and there are hundreds of them. What are they ...
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Are millipedes good or bad for the garden?

Are millipedes considered good or bad for plants? From wikipedia: Millipedes are detritivores and slow moving. Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the ...
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How do I get rid of milllipedes in the garden? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings? How do I get rid of millipedes they have taken over and are under anything left lying on the ground? I am ...
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What types of fruit are most likely to be eaten by vertebrate pests?

So there are tomatoes in my backyard, and for some reason, nothing seems to eat them even though lots of birds visit the backyard, which surprises me. Do birds and rodents (mice and squirrels) have a ...
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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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How can I control Viburnum Beetle on my Snowball tree?

I have a mature Snowball tree (Viburnum opulus) that is stripped of its leaves and severely weakened several times a year by the viburnum beetle. The Royal Horticultural Society recommend several ...
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A few leaves on my peppers are showing multiple small holes, should I be worried?

I've noticed that a small number of the leaves on my pepper plants are showing several tiny holes through their surface. These are focused towards the stem of the leaf, and not so much towards the ...
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Are slugs beneficial or detrimental?

I've noticed quite a few slugs around my garden recently, and I realized that I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I know some bugs are bad and some are good, and I don't know what category ...
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How can I organically prevent green caterpillars from eating up my kale plants? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is an effective organic pesticide to use against aphids or cabbage loopers? So these little green caterpillars have been eating most of my kale plants. What can I ...
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How do I identify and eradicate the pest that is destroying the plants in my flowerbox?

We transplanted an assortment of pretty flowers for our windowsill some weeks ago (albeit rather crudely) and they were growing bright and healthy. Over the last week, however they've been plagued! I ...