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Insects can offer pest control without chemicals

At the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, University of Hawaii master gardeners offer a help-line service. Often, we get a picture or a sample of a plant with the question, “What is eating my plant and what can I spray?” Read more

Buzzworthy tips to attract more garden pollinators

Most flowering plants in our gardens rely on pollinators to produce fruit and seeds. These plants depend on insects or other animals to move pollen from one flower to another. Read more

Celebrate fungus among us during wet winter weather

Fungi and bacteria are highly prevalent in gardens and soil. Although a few hundred bacteria show themselves as plant diseases that wreak havoc on manicured lawns and prized plants, millions of beneficial bacteria exist to create a healthy soil food web. Read more

Chayote proves simple to propogate

Originally from Central America, chayote is grown and eaten traditionally in many cultures throughout the world. In Hawaii it is called pipinola. Read more

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