The Hydrangea Leaftier

By Ann Hazelrigg
Extension Plant Pathologist
University of Vermont    

If you have hydrangeas in your yard, you may have noticed odd structures in the plant in mid-May. These bladder-like pouches at the ends of branches are made up of cupped leaves tied together with silk and are formed by the hydrangea leaftier caterpillar (Olethreutes ferriferana). The hydrangea...

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Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

By Deborah J. Benoit
Extension Master Gardener
University of Vermont

There’s no denying they’re pretty, but did you know there are practical reasons to plant flowers among the vegetables in your garden?

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Screening Garden Soils for Lead

By Debra Heleba
Extension Community Horticulture Program director
University of Vermont

Whether you are new to gardening, or have been growing your own vegetables for years, you probably understand the importance of getting your soil tested for nutrient levels and soil pH.

But have you ever thought about having your garden soil screened for lead?

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