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Garden Q&A: What is eating my pussytoes?

What is eating my pussytoes? I don’t mind sharing, but for a good cause. You’ve got a winner! The caterpillar on your pussytoes is that of the pink, black, white and orange American painted lady butterfly. Recently declared the longest-migrating butterfly on the planet, it flies even farther than the …

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Garden Q&A: Be wary of the ‘bathtub effect’

I bought three of the same trees last year. All three bloomed this spring, but later one developed some dead limbs. Now the rest of the tree is wilting and dying. There are no signs of bugs, holes in the trunk or leaf spots. I thought it could be root …

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Garden Q&A: How to get rid of poison hemlock

We have a 6-foot-tall plant growing in our flower bed that I don’t recall seeing last year. It resembles Queen Anne’s lace, except it has a smooth stem with purple splotches and the flowerhead has lots of small white clusters. Leaves are lacy. Now it is forming seeds. I am …

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Garden Q&A: Keeping up with fungal infection can be hard

This disease appeared on one tomato plant, which I removed. It’s now spreading to other plants in the same bed. Help, please. This is the fungal disease Septoria. It’s common on tomatoes, and the management is similar to early blight, another tomato fungal leaf spot. In wet years, it is …

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Garden Q&A: This Fourth of July, think about choosing a native plant

I’d like a native plant as a focal point to give my front porch privacy. Preference is a flowering deciduous bush that takes shade and is low-maintenance. No higher than six feet tall. Is it silly to fool with a native plant? With the Fourth of July coming up, all …

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Garden Q&A: How to grow mint plants

I want to plant mint, but I read that it multiplies quickly, becomes invasive and takes over. I want to take the right control measures, since I have a garden with other crops (lettuce, basil, greens) that I don’t want compromised by mint. How do I grow something that can …

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Garden Q&A: Not all mountain laurel species are deer resistant

I’ve always loved the unique flowers of mountain laurel. They are supposed to be deer resistant, but my mom says deer ate her expensive fancy one. Any suggestions before I try one? We have quite a few deer. While our native mountain laurel — the plain species — is deer …

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Garden Q&A: Get rid of those patches of honeysuckle

We’ve had a lot of Lyme disease in my neighborhood. Should I clear the understory in the woods behind my house? The main shrub there has flowers that remind me of honeysuckle. Does wildlife need this? I’d like to save native plants, but need to save us first! This is …

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Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack

Overnight, leafminers attacked my spinach and beets. I pulled my spinach and cut the leafminer-infested leaves off my beets. Are there other ways to organically control or prevent leafminers? Cutworms have been cutting off and carting away my seedlings, too! Would plant covers protect plants before they’re attacked? When you …

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Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow

My azaleas and Japanese andromeda get yellow spots. Last year some leaves turned yellow, almost white. There were so many spots! Now it’s starting again. How can I stop this disease? Your andromeda and azaleas have lace bugs, an insect that inserts its feeding tube into the leaf and sucks …

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