Category: Insects

August dog days

August dog days. I wish I could say I spent major August time sitting in the shade reading novels. But I didn’t. Various projects imposed themselves upon me, taking me away from the garden and my blog. Dreadful. It has not been the best…

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee…

June reality check

June reality check. In January, anything was possible in garden dreaming. By June, the stage has been set. The table has been laid. Whatever cliche fits best, the truth is that reality has set in. It’s not all bad. Plants are blooming and growing….

Hemlock woolly adelgids

Hemlock woolly adelgids (Adelges tsugae).   The eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) are infested with hemlock woolly adelgid (uh-del-jid). Help. The white cottony wax shown in the photos above are a hibernation stage for immature nymphs. As soon as we noticed the white cottony wax stuff,…

Beneficial insects

Beneficial insects, or natural enemies. In Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman describes a visit to a French greenhouse grower, Monsieur Audier. In the middle of a 2-acre glass greenhouse, M. Audier keeps an insectary, where both beneficial and pest insects are kept side by side. M….