Spittlebugs

Just what are all those little white blobs you’ve seen on various plant stems and leaves? Those batches of bubbles are created by the immature stage of insects called spittlebugs, and their foam helps protect them from predators, extreme temperatures and dessication. To find out more about these fascinating creatures, read this article…

Parsley, Petroselinum crispum

Parsley is commonly used for flavor and as a garnish in many dishes. This herb is a bienniel grown as an annual for its pungent foliage. Not only is it tasty, but it can also be grown as an ornamental for the attractive mounds of foliage, but you’ll need to keep an eye out for caterpillars that will mow plants to the ground. To learn more about parsley and its pests, read this article…

Kohlrabi, Brassica olearcea var. gongylodes

Looking somewhat like a space alien, kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family that has a turnip-like enlargement of the stem above the soil surface. This cool-season vegetable has a flavor similar to turnip, and the bulbs are used raw or cooked like a turnip. To learn more about this exotic-looking vegetable, read this article…

Corn Earworm, Helicoverpa zea

No one likes opening a fresh ear of sweet corn only to find it chewed up and often with a worm inside. The culprit is usually a corn earworm. The caterpillar of this species of moth varies a lot in color but is always seen feeding on the silk end of ears of corn. To learn more about this pest and how to control it, read this article…

Landscaping In Spite of Black Walnuts

Black walnut trees can have a dramatic, negative affect on certain plants. Black walnut trees, and a few other types of trees, produce a chemical called juglone that causes wilting, yellowing of leaves and sometimes the death of susceptible plants. To learn more about juglone toxicity and which plants are suceptible, read this article…

Chioggia Beets

Beets are an easy crop to grow in the home garden, but they don’t have to be plain red. ‘Chioggia’ is an heirloom variety that is also called candystripe or bull’s eye beet for the colorful red and white rings seen in cross-section of the roots. These beets are often sweeter than other varieties, too/ To learn more about this interesting beet, read this article…

Bean Leaf Beetle, Cerotoma trifurcata

Are your green bean plants being chewed up, with lots of round holes in the leaves and nibble marks on the pods? The most likely culprit is bean leaf beetle, a chrysomelid pest that tends to be more common in the southeast, but has outbreaks in southern Wisconsin after mild winters. To learn more about this insect pest and what to do about it, read this article…

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