Class 6

In this class you'll:

  • Look at ways to minimize pests
  • Become a garden "spy"
  • Learn about IPM
  • Consider your pest control options

At the end of the class, we'll also talk a little about harvesting your crops, and, finally, wrap up the course with some information about putting your garden to bed at the end of the growing season.

Observing Plants
All gardeners face the challenges of identifying and controlling problems, whether these problems are caused by insects, disease organisms, or even the weather. But for new gardeners who may not recognize signs and symptoms, the task can be daunting.

The most important part of diagnosing problems is frequent observation. By getting to know what they look like when they are healthy, you'll be quicker to recognize when your plants have problems.

When a plant isn't thriving, there are a number of possible causes. Start by suspecting the simplest and most common problems. Don't assume it's a pest problem until you've ruled out environmental factors.

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