Buggin’ Out on Bugs

Its Saturday and that means its time to inspect your garden. Unaware of what awaits you, you venture forth to the plot of land youve been tending to for weeks. But waitsomethings not quite right. As you inch closer, the realization dawns on you that most of the leaves on your plants lookwellholy (and not in the Biblical sense either). Congrats, your garden is the latest victim of an insect drive-by eating.

If you grow tomatoes, peppers, or eggplant, youve dealt with the tomato hornworm, a type of caterpillar that cant get enough of the leaves on those types of plants. And who can forget our buddy the aphid and its vicious attacks on roses, slowly sucking the life from your plants.

But dont fret my pestuhpet. Help can be found at the University of Connecticuts 2012 Garden Conference on March 16 on the Storrs campus. Open to gardeners of all levels, from the casual to the master gardener, you can ask expects for advice on your garden woes and pick up some tips for a healthy garden.

You may have lost the battle, but you can win the war with a little knowledge and a lot of pesticide.

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