Garden Solution: Spider Mites

This article by Laura Schwarz first appeared in the January/February 2019 edition of the Northern Gardener  Populations of spider mites go up and down from year to year. In 2018, for example, an abnormally dry summer led to large numbers of the pests. In both my home garden and in the many gardens I tended…

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Update on Jumping Worms in Minnesota

A recent article about jumping worms in the StarTribune by regular Northern Gardener contributor Gail Hudson has brought more attention to this new invasive pest and its affect on home gardeners. Here’s what we know so far, with links to additional sources of information. What are jumping worms? Jumping worms are members of the genus…

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Watch Out for Jumping Worms

Spring is a good time to watch out for jumping worms (Amynthas sp.), the latest invasive pest to hit Minnesota. As gardeners are planting potted plants, adding compost and mulch to gardens and spending more time observing their yards, they are more likely to notice the writhing jumping worms and the tell-tale soil with a…

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On the Lookout for Japanese Beetles

It’s that time of year where every trip to the garden involves an inspection for Japanese beetles. Are they here yet? So far, in my garden in St. Paul, the answer is no, not yet. Japanese beetles typically appear in Minnesota in late June or early July. They live for 6 to 8 weeks, creating…

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Battling Bunnies in the Garden

I hate to go all Elmer Fudd or Mr. McGregor on you, but I really do not like rabbits—especially in my garden. They can mow down a row of seedlings in a few hours, reproduce like mad, prune shrubs you want to grow, and drop pellets all over your garden. Battling bunnies is a major…

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