Pests and Diseases

Gardening indoors is great fun and hugely rewarding, but it needs to be approached with some caution. Outdoors, any one species of plant pest is kept in check by other insect predators (i.e. those that prey on the plant pest itself.) This natural order keeps all species in a harmonious balance, helping to prevent any one species from getting out of hand and ruining the place for the others.

A pest infestation, if left unchecked, can quickly decimate an indoor garden. Fortunately there are a whole host of preventative measures and treatments that can come to your aid.

Poor environmental and nutrient control is often to blame, especially when it comes to fungal infestatations such as powdery mildew. The cucumber leaf below became susceptible to powdery mildew after being over-fertilized.

Powdery mildew has taken hold on this cucumber leaf due to over-fertilization creating overly tender, vulnerable growth.

Coming Soon:

  • Prevention Beats Cure: Designing a Pest Defensive Indoor Garden
  • Know Thy Enemies: A Quick Guide to Common Indoor Garden Pests
  • Introducing Natural Predators into Your Garden
  • How to Deal with Fungus Gnats
  • Total Release Foggers-A First or Last Resort for Indoor Gardeners?

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