Bug Book Now Online!

Uh-oh. This doesn't look good.

You planned to share the fruits of your garden labors with others, but this wasn’t really what you had in mind. Your leaves look as though they’ve been through a war, one of your seedlings has been lopped off at the stem, and—HEY! Who ate my tomatoes!?

Yes, as we all know, the work doesn’t end when you get the plants in the ground; that’s when pest management begins! To find out what’s eating you (and your plants), consult our Bug Book. It’s available for free viewing online through the Urban Agriculture Resource Center on our website (look for “Controlling Pests” under “Growing Food”). There, you can pick your bug from a lineup of common troublemakers and find out how to fend them off using environmentally safe methods that will minimize harm to beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantises. The mug shot of the dastardly tomato hornworm is worth checking out alone—can you believe the size of that caterpillar?

In addition to pest control tips, the Urban Agriculture Resource Center has lots of other helpful information on growing food and videos that can show you how to test your soil, make a self-irrigating container, and compost your food scraps. We’re adding new content all the time! Take a tour and let us know what topics you’d like to see covered in the future.

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