European Corn Borer

Ostrinia nubilalis also known as Corn Borer European corn worm European high-flyer In Peppers Check leaf undersides for white masses of eggs and crush them if there are small holes chewed in leaves close to fruits, check the fruits for holes, which is a sign that the borers have tunneled into peppers; you will find […]

Colorado Potato Beetle (stub)

Most notorious pest of potatoes; chew large holes in leaves. Handpick the beetles & grubs when found; plants can withstand moderate damage. Physical Description Potato beetle grubs are humpbacked yellow grubs Adults are yellow or orange beetles with black stripes on their backs Species & Taxonomy Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus Species: Lifecycle   […]

Blister Beetles (stub)

Slender beetles that chew foliage – don’t touch them without gloves; they secrete an oil that can cause skin to blister (RVGPS) Physical Description  slender beetles that chew foliage Species & Taxonomy Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus Species: Lifecycle   Plants Affected   Plants Unaffected   Geographical Range   Signs & Symptoms Whole Plant […]


Look for aphids on the underside of leaves and at buds in peppers In brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) they will be found all around curled new leaves, as well as on the stem, and under older leaves they leave sticky spots of honeydew, which initially look shiny & sticky, but can sometimes turn black from […]

Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver (VGPS)

The best and latest advice for beating pests, diseases, and weeds and staying a step ahead of trouble in the garden.Written by Fern Marshall Bradley. From the family and publishing house that wrote the book on organic gardening and sustainable agriculture comes the ultimate resource for the backyard gardener. Well-organized with tons of information and […]

How to Grow Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, or sweet peppers, are a great addition to not only your vegetable garden – they grow into a beautiful plant with dark green, glossy leaves, with bright fruit that come in reds, oranges, yellows, even purple and mauve! Unless you live in a warm environment, plan to grow them from seedlings. Botanical Information […]