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Problem Solving (Animals to Weeds)

Blue-green mold on stored lily bulbs -  Should I be concerned?
Blue-green mold on stored lily bulbs - Should I be concerned?

This is simply a Penicillin mold, which does not harm lily bulbs. Lilies are very high in sugar content (their stored food for the next season's growth) and during storage penicillin growth often appears where there might have been a small harvesting bruise...(more)

Controlling Mice, Moles & Voles - Naturally
Controlling Mice, Moles & Voles - Naturally

Contrary to popular belief, moles do not eat lily bulbs, but if the underground bulb is "in their way", they will tunnel around or even through it, giving miceand voles easy eating. Natural controls include physical barriers and predators.

Deer, Rabbits & other Varmints
Deer, Rabbits & other Varmints

Deer are like our pygmy goats, they are generally browsers, taking a nip here and there as they graze. When a particularly tasty leaf, bud or flower is found, all the buds on a single plant may be consumed, but the stem right next to it could remain complete and whole. Click on photo to learn more...

Easy Weed-free Gardening
Easy Weed-free Gardening

There is no such thing outside of hydroponics; getting rid of perennial weeds and vines takes some time but it is achievable.

Family Pets in the Garden
Family Pets in the Garden

We have always enjoyed the comfort of our animals while we garden, but yes, sometimes they can get into trouble.

Fungus: Stump Rot <I>(Phytophthora</I>)
Fungus: Stump Rot (Phytophthora)

Odd and sudden rotting of the crown is usually caused by a group of water mold fungi and can happen during wet and cold springs.

Pest:  Red Lily Beetle
Pest: Red Lily Beetle

The Red Lily Beetle has received a great deal of press lately; some alarmist gardeners cry, "Woe is me!" but others with a more practical viewpoint say "OK, so what do we do now?" They share that control of the beetle is not expensive, nor requires massive amounts of pesticides or even an overhaul of the garden, but rather common sense, diligence and a little hands and knees work.

Virus - Tulip Color Breaking
Virus - Tulip Color Breaking

Regularly inspect your garden throughout the growing season, bearing in mind that some cultivars may have suspicious-looking foliage early in the season, but look great later. This is due to environmental issues, not virus. If in a group of recently planted lilies all look great except one, keep an eye on the one which looks unhealthy, but check for outside factors also...

Weed - Rorippa sylvestris - Noxious,  imported & persistent
Weed - Rorippa sylvestris - Noxious, imported & persistent

Creeping fieldcress - Are you getting more than you expected? Noxious weed, introduced to USA in roots of imported plants. Check your garden now, this plant is next to impossible to eradicate, don't let it go to seed!


Wild Lilies
Timely Tips!
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base