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Master Gardener: Good wasps exist and can help your garden | Garden & Landscape

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When the eggs hatch, they begin to feed on the tomato hornworm internally. Once mature, the larvae chew their way out of the hornworm, spin a small cocoon and pupate. When the adult wasps emerge from their cocoons, the hornworm dies.

So if you see a tomato hornworm covered in small white cocoons, just leave it because it is hosting a new batch of parasitoids that can help rid your future garden of hornworms in about the most nature-friendly way we have. And I think most gardeners would call that a good thing.

Paper wasps are ones that most of us are probably familiar with, as they build those paper-like umbrella-shaped nests you have probably seen under the eaves of your homes or any number of other places. While they can sting if disturbed, they are mainly out there looking for food for themselves and their young. These wasps can

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100 Expert Gardening Tips, Ideas and Projects that Every Gardener Should Know

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100 Expert Gardening Tips, Ideas and Projects that Every Gardener Should Know. Spectacularly impressive gardening projects and hacks!

We’re right in the middle of spring, the perfect time to start planting flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more!  Gardening season is upon us and it’s in full swing.  Whether you are brand new to gardening or you have a veteran green thumb, you know that gardening is a rewarding way to spend more time outdoors—or make the most of your indoor space!  While gardening is fun, it can also be very challenging.  It’s a subtle art and science since many plants require delicately balanced conditions in order to thrive.  These gardening tips and tricks are easy and affordable, and will help you to get the best results this year!

Make a drip feeder using an old soda bottle.

Make a drip feeder using an old soda bottle.

Have plants (especially vegetables) that do better if the moisture is delivered at their roots instead of from overhead?  One cheap and simple way to make a drip feeder which you can

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Home of the Compulsive Gardener

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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am ‘The Compulsive Gardener’ – I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening. This is more than just about plants: it’s also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection… There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my garden in Sydney.

While you are here enjoy my latest blog, have a browse through my list of Plants and other articles and don’t forget to check out the Discussion Forums, my Marketplace, the member Garden Ramble and Plant Share and your local Events, Nurseries and Weather.

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