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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Abiotic Disorders in Tomato

Physiological Issues in Tomato Blossom End Rot Blossom end rot is one of the most common tomato problems for homeowner's and looks like a black water soaked lesion at the blossom end of a tomato. It is caused by a calcium deficiency and uneven watering. Calcium is a nutrient that is more available to leaves than fruit. Control:...

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Goldenrod soldier bug- The Great Pollinator

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

In the garden this week, garlic chives ( Allium sativum ) lured bumblebees, butterflies and beneficial insects to partake of its abundance of pollen and nectar. The white marble shaped white papery bracts are a haven for the good guys. Upon investigation, I found a brilliant yellow bug that reminded me of a lightening bug. It was a goldenrod soldier bug ( Chauliognathus pensylvanicus...

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Spined Soldier Bug

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

The spined soldier bug ( Podisus maculiventris ) looks like a stink bug but the shoulders protrude outwards. Stink bugs in your garden can be a bad thing because they eat plants like tomatoes but they can also be a good thing and eat garden insect pests. Identification is key to knowing if you have a good guy or bad guy on your hand. Your local extension office and/or Master Gardner's ca...

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imported cabbage worm and cross striped cabbage worm
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Worms on your Cabbage

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Let the caterpillar picking commence URBANA – If squash bugs ( Anasa tristis ) decimated your zucchini ( Cucurbia pepo ) plants this year then you are going to detest imported cabbage worm and cross-striped cabbage worm on your cruciferous crops says Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Crucifer crops include cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collar...

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