Reducing Food Safety Risks in the Garden

Each year 48 million people are sickened with a foodborne illness due to fruit and vegetable production, commonly called “food poisoning.” Children and the elderly are more susceptible than adults are. Home, school and community gardens are at risk. Most illnesses that are linked to home and other gardens result …

Deer

Just as aphid season is slowing down, a larger pest problem raises its lovely head – think Bambi! What do you do to prevent deer damage? Deterrents are the best deer management option. These include fencing, chemical or electronic deer repellents and scare tactics. The best deterrent, fencing, has high …

Home Lawn Herbicides and Dogs: Fall 2013 Master Gardener Newseltter

When my dogs were alive, I avoided using herbicides in my yard. While chemical labels state safe reentry times after application, I just never felt comfortable about it. Recently an article came across my desk about herbicides being detected in the urine of pet dogs following home lawn herbicide application. …

Are Aphid Populations High?

“My plants are covered with black bugs.” “My tree’s leaves are all curled up.” “There’s sticky goo under my trees.” These are a few of the comments I’m receiving. A reader named Patricia wrote “Is there a reason this year has been particularly bad regarding aphid infestations? We’ve often had …