Arachnophobes everywhere may cringe at their sight, but these eight legged creatures of the garden protect and defend twenty four hours a day, seven days a week! Mites, thrips, slugs and other pesky bugs, are no match for the spider thugs. Joking aside, garden spiders are peaceful dwellers that naturally reduce the proliferation of damaging pests and diseases. Instead of squishing these specialized hunters, gardeners should encourage their growth and existence in the garden. Put your fears aside, discover the benefits of spiders, and then learn how to encourage them to visit your garden crops!
A cloudy afternoon is always a welcomed event during the heat of summer, but when dealt an extended stay of steady cloud cover, garden problems can begin to arise. Besides the lack of direct sunlight, the cooler and humid environment brought forth with cloud cover provides a catalyst for the growth of pesky Powdery Mildew. This parasitic family of fungi is known to attack a variety of garden plants including, but not limited to, squashes, tomatoes, onions, grapes, berries, shrubs and some fruit trees. At first, powdery mildew may only show up as a few fuzzy white splotches on lower foliage, but it can quickly manifest into a much larger problem. Luckily, getting rid of powdery mildew organically is quite easy. Keep reading to find out how!