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...

Whitefly Predations

Q: After planting a blood orange tree in our front yard, nothing happened for years. Finally, it started to produce oranges and did so for several years. But last year, once again, it gave no blossom...

How to Protect Roses from Deer

Two inquiries received by e-mail, both dealing with unwanted garden intruders, are the focus of this week’s column. !folo!Q: Deer have eaten the flowers and leaves from our rose bushes. What is...

G-d is in the Insects, too

Anyone who doubts the existence of a ubiquitous, protective, yet invisible presence in the universe should consider the phenomenon of parasitic wasps. Parasitic wasps, a group of which could stand to...

Dead Snails Leave No Trails

If misunderstanding is the source of fear, long-dreaded garden pests will be regarded with affection after reading  “Dead Snails Leave No Trails” (Ten Speed Press). Loren Nancarrow and Ja...