5 Insect Pests in the Garden

Zinnia flower pests aphidsThe first step toward pest control in a container garden is learning how to identify the pests. By learning what the common garden pests are, what their damage to plants look like and how to manage them, you can protect your container plants from plagues of pests!


8 Methods for Garden Snail and Slug Control

Garden snail plantThe following eight methods can help you cut down on the number of destructive snails and slugs in your balcony container garden. To learn more about snails and slugs, read “Pests: Garden Snails and Slugs.”


How to Attract Bees to the Garden


Intro: Humans have been using bees for thousands of years in agriculture. They are successful pollinators that help increase fruit and vegetable production. You may be frightened that bees may sting you, but they shouldn’t sting you if you leave them alone. Because of their constant buzzing, bees may make sitting on your balcony uncomfortable, but they are beneficial in a balcony garden.


Benefits of Keeping Worms in Plant Containers

Red Worm CompostIf you’ve ever added red worm castings to your potting soil from your vermicompost bin, you probably have some worms in your plant containers. When you see one of your red worms in a container’s potting soil, you can put it back in the worm bin to help decompose kitchen waste into “black gold” (nutritious fertilizer for your plants), or you can leave it in the container. Worms are beneficial for container plants.


How to Kill Aphids

Aphids sucking plant sap.Aphids are one of the most hated garden pests. These tiny insects range from 0.04 to 0.39 inches and appear as tiny dots on the container plants in your balcony garden. Aphids are difficult to get rid of, and they do great damage to prized vegetables and other garden plants by sucking the sap out of the plants’ stems.


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