Seed Starting Mix

  Natural BeginningsTM Seed-Starting Mix Helps seeds germinate faster; promotes stronger, healthier seedlings Plants on the right were grown in Natural Beginnings; those on the left were grown in a popular commercial seed-starting mix.   Through extensive research and testing, Gardens Alive! has developed a coir-based seed-starting medium that outperforms popular peat-based mixes. Our tests show that seeds started in this […]

Guide to Garden Pests and Diseases

Guide to Pests and Diseases Click on pest or disease below for a detailed description and remedy. The quick guides are still in development. Alternaria Leaf Blight (Cucurbits) Angular Leaf Spot (Cucurbits) Anthracnose (Beans) Anthracnose (Cucurbits) Anthracnose (Tomatoes) Aphids Apple Maggot Apple Scab Bacterial Brown Spot (Beans) Bacterial Spot (Peaches) Bacterial Wilt (Cucumbers) Bean Leaf Beetle Black Spot (Roses) Blister […]

Bacterial Brown Spot (Beans)

Bacterial Brown Spot (Beans) Description: Warm temperatures, in the 80°-90°F range, and wet weather favor infection. The disease first shows up as yellow flecks on the leaves, which later turn dark brown. Individual spots are usually irregular in shape and remain fairly small, surrounded by a narrow yellow margin, but lacking a wide yellow halo. Solution: Plant disease-free seed, rotate […]

Apple Scab

Apple Scab Description: The main disease of apples everywhere. Symptoms are scabby fruit, premature fruit drop and leaf infection, followed by early defoliation. The following year, you’ll find reduced fruit bud development and general weakening of the tree. The fungus which causes apple scab overwinters in leaf litter. Spring winds blow spores into the tree canopy, resulting in lesions on […]

Whitefly – How to control

Whitefly Description: : 1/10 to 1/16″ long, milk-white color. When disturbed, the flies flutter about like tiny snowflakes. On houseplants, greenhouse plants, fruits and vegetables, they cause leaves to yellow and dry. Black sooty mold grows on honeydew secretions of whiteflies. Leaves drop early. Solution: Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal Spray provides excellent control, even of the Sweet Potato Whitefly strain. Release Encarsia […]

Whitefly – How to control

Whitefly Description: : 1/10 to 1/16″ long, milk-white color. When disturbed, the flies flutter about like tiny snowflakes. On houseplants, greenhouse plants, fruits and vegetables, they cause leaves to yellow and dry. Black sooty mold grows on honeydew secretions of whiteflies. Leaves drop early. Solution: Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal Spray provides excellent control, even of the Sweet Potato Whitefly strain. Release Encarsia […]

Vine & Root Weevils – How to control

Vine & Root Weevils Description: Adults emerge mid-May to late July. About 5-6 weeks later, eggs hatch into grubs which search out roots to feed on. Grubs feed all season. The worst injury occurs when overwintering grubs feed on roots in spring; plants may fail to put out new growth and die. Since adults feed only at night (making characteristic […]

Squash Vine Borer – How to control

Squash Vine Borer Description: White larva with brown head, up to 1″ long. Preferred foods: pumpkin, squash, cantaloupe, cucumber and gourd vines. A small pile of “sawdust” where the vine meets the soil is a sure sign that you have squash vine borers. Once you notice the first “sawdust,” it will not be long until the leaves wilt and the […]

Squash Mosaic Virus (Cucurbits) – How to control

Squash Mosaic Virus (Cucurbits) Description: Green and yellow curled leaves; warty, misshapen, and spotted fruits. Aphids spread virus to squash plants. Also attacks cucumber, pepper, tomato and melon plants. Solution: Spray regularly with Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal Spray, or PyolaTM Insecticidal Spray to control aphids. Start as soon as plants are above ground; once virus has infected the plant, it is too […]

Apple Maggot

Apple Maggot Description: Adult apple maggot is a fly, slightly smaller than a common housefly. Apple maggots overwinter as pupae in the top 2-3″ of soil. The adult flies emerge from early June to early September. Adult females do not lay eggs for the first 8-10 days after they emerge. Then they wander over apples, crabapples, plums and other crops, […]