Flowerless Anthurium and Buggy Eugenia

I have been puzzled as to why one of my Anthurium plants will not bloom!  I have one that puts out so many “flowers” and is beautiful.  They are a light pink color.  The other one had red...

Controlling Ants Without Pesticides

Are there ants in your plants? Although ants do not, by themselves, eat or disfigure plants in any way, they create problems through their sap-sucking insect agents. In hot, dry weather, ants come ou...

Beware of African Bees in the Garden

As if we did not have enough potential attackers to worry about, Africanized honey bees (those so-called killer bees) have arrived in Los Angeles gardens. Actually, they have been in our area for sev...

Are There Ants in Your Plants?

Are there ants in your plants? Although ants do not, by themselves, eat or disfigure plants in any way, they create problems through their sap-sucking insect agents. In hot, dry weather, ants come ou...

Sucking Insect Attack

Rain in May is not unheard of in the Valley, so the effects of last weekend’s downpour on local gardens are somewhat predictable based on late rains of years gone by. May rain extends the flowe...

Honey Bees and China Dolls

Judy Rosen lives in the Sherwood Forest area of Northridge with one duck, six hens, 50,000 honey bees and a collection of exotic plants that cause discriminating botanists to cluck and buzz with deli...

What Happened to Honey Bees?

If your plum tree gave fewer plums than expected these last few years and if your zucchini squash have not been as abundant in recent summers as they should have been, it’s probably not your fa...

Spiders Eat Pests and Each Other

As much as earthworms are evidence of fertile, well-aerated soil, spiders are a sign of ongoing pest control in the garden. Spiders provide an around- the-clock security service that puts the clamps ...

Growing Beneficial Insects

There are few people like Everett “Deke” Dietrick. If there were more like him, insect pests would cease to be a problem on Earth. It would be a gross understatement to categorize Dietric...