Pests, Plagues, and Varmints


– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, What's up/blooming

This time of the year, it's amazing what a difference a day can make. Thursday, snow on the ground. I couldn't have taken these photos on Thursday because these plants were still buried under snow. Friday, snow had melted, but nothing had bloomed. Yesterday (Saturday) the sun was shining and I had snowdrops blooming in [...]

The Botanical Dermatology Database: How to Find Out About Plant-Caused Skin Problems

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, Plant info, Recommended Links

If you have a rash or other skin problem that you think might be plant related, trying using the search engine at the Botanical Dermatology Database. I checked out my family's old enemy Pastinaca sativa (aka wild parsnip), and learned a few things. First of all, wild parsnip and cultivated parsnip are the same thing, [...]


– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

The other day I was looking for a website that had a good tutorial on how to start a blog along with a description of the major blogging programs. I googled the phrase "how to start a blog" and was really amazed at how many of the hits were business sites. Blog as sales tool, [...]

Public Enemy Number One

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

As you can imagine, when a garden is neglected for a significant length of time, some of the weeds take on gigantic proportions. Especially on a psychological level, it helps quite a bit to pull these up all over the garden, before concentrating on any particular area. They take up so much space that the [...]


– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

This is a photo of my beloved crocus bank. The driveway runs roughly east to west, downhill all the way. On the south side of the driveway, the lawn runs down fairly steeply to the driveway, forming a bank that I have planted quite densely with crocuses. The crocuses are just getting started, but it [...]

Blackspot-resistant roses

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, Plant info

If there is a rose in your future, you may want to consult the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory's list of blackspot-resistant roses. As the article states, gardeners"could increase their leisure time and decrease their fungicide expenses by using disease resistant and tolerant roses." There are so many different rose cultivars out there, why [...]