Garden Help Desk

Pesche’s Garden Rx is full of helpful articles to make your plants look their best. Whether you’re looking to go organic, or starting your seeds in the house, Pesche’s Garden Rx is the place to start.

Citrus Care Guide

Citrus Care Guide (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Calamondins) Dwarf Citrus trees can make very attractive container plants and kept at manageable sizes. In the Chicago area, Citrus plants can be moved outside on a patio or apartment balcony in the summer, but MUST brought indoors when outside temperatures get below 55 degrees. Container & Soil: The container must be large enough to give the citrus room to grow, however make sure there are sufficient holes in…

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Attracting Beneficial Insects

Predator insects offer a natural alternative to pesticides. The listed plants will help deter pests and attract natural predators. A mix of these plants provides habitat and alternative food sources many predators require. Predator insects and parasites remain on certain host plants so avoid pesticides. When your plantings mature you’ll be able to observe the “Good Guys’ at work. Pest Insect & Predator Pest Insect Predator Insect Aphids Aphidius Aphids Aphidoletes Thrips, spidermites, fungus gnats…

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Rabbit and Deer Resistant Plants

Rabbit and deer are frequent pests in Northern Illinois gardens. While the below list represents plants they generally avoid, it is important to keep in mind that as food supplies dwindle, rabbits and deer will begin to eat things they normally would not. Rabbit Resistant Plants In general, rabbits are discouraged by: Very aromatic plants; prickles and spines; and tough, leathery leaves Achillea Agastache Ajuga Alchemilla Anemone Aquilegia Artemisia Aruncas Aster Astilbe Bergenia Brunnera Centaurea…

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July Gardening

Inspect your trees and shrubs for insects. Brown patches appearing on your evergreens along with small fine spider webs? Sticky, sooty black mold on pines? Spider mites and Adelgids (mealy bug family) are active now, if present spray with Bonide Systemic Insect Control or Bonide Eight Insect Control. Holes in your hostas that need attention but you have kids and pets in the yard and you’re worried about pesticides use Bonide Bug & Slug….

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How to Fight Early Blight

The month of August is almost here. Keep up with feeding and proper watering. Do routine inspections for insects. Aphids and white flies are now a problem. Early detection is the key to control. Pesche’s Garden Center offers both organic and natural controls. It won’t be long before you’re enjoying a slice of delicious, juicy homegrown tomatoes. Early Blight Several of our customers have brought in samples of their lower leaves of their tomatoes. The…

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How Not to Have Blossom End Rot

Many of our customers have been have been coming into our Garden Center with tomatoes that have an ugly brown-black flat spot on the bottom of the tomatoes. This can happen to tomatoes planted in the ground but also happens frequently to tomatoes, peppers and eggplants grown in containers. It seems that certain cultivars get blossom end rot more often than others (like Roma Plum tomatoes and Early Girls to name a few). Certain growing…

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