Common Problems in the Garden

Rachel Melvin- Horticulture Educator & Master Gardener Coordinator

Our tomatos, bush beans, beets, potatoes, cabbage, and peppers are planted.  So now we can sit back put our feet up and enjoy the rewards of effortless gardening….. Oh wait that’s right, I was dreaming.  Many of us know that after planting the work has just begun.  Weeding, a bi-weekly event takes a close second to making sure my plants are not eaten alive by the mountain of bugs that seem to enjoy them as much as I do.  My two cabbage plants were doing wonderfully until I noticed small little holes on the leaves, after closer inspection I found three cabbage worms hiding out on the underside of the leaves.  After hand picking them from the plants, I thought I was home free.  But after a weekend away, I came home only to find large cookie cutter holes all over the leaves of my cabbage.  Obviously, there were some cabbage worms that escaped my grasp.  This is just one of the common problems that will take place in the garden this season.  I am patiently awaiting the unwanted return of squash bugs, tomato hornworms, and cucumber beetles.

The Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners are sponsoring two educational lectures, at the Queen Anne’s County Free Library in Stevensville.  The first class will take place on Wednesday, June 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm and will focus on Bad Bugs & Common Problems in the Garden. The second class will take place on Wednesday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm and will focus on Extending the Season in the Garden.

For more information contact Rachel Melvin, Horticulture Educator with University of Maryland Extension-Queen Anne’s County at (410)758-0166 or at rmelvin1@umd.edu .  Also check out the Maryland Food Gardening Network-Grow It Eat It program at http://growit.umd.edu , for more tips on growing great gardens.

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