Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
Although the Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management Web site is geared to organic farmers, it includes valuable information for home gardeners as well. There's detailed information about pest control on a variety of crops, as well as fact sheets on the various active ingredients in organic pesticides. Under "appendices" in the left nav you'll find information on organic techniques, such as trap cropping and attracting beneficials -- including the latest research results.
Favorite or New Plant
Chocolate Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye is a mainstay for the fall garden, especially now that plant breeders are creating more compact and colorful varieties. 'Chocolate' Joe Pye (Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate') is especially striking, with rich, purple-brown foliage and creamy white flowers. It's growth is a little more contained that the native species, topping out at about 4 feet.