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Ants in the garden are more then a pest.

Written by on 21 March 2022

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary Ants  There are more than 12,400 species of ants throughout the world. In California, there are about 270 species, but fewer than a dozen are important pests. Ants interfere with biological control.  Honeydew-secreting pests, like aphids, supply sweet food to the ants. In turn, ants protect the pests from beneficial insects that […]

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Earwigs are the garden pest that will eat your flowers

Written by on 2 March 2022

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary Earwigs  Easily recognizable pests in the garden and active at night, earwigs hide in tight, dark, moist places during the day. True omnivores, they actually are important predators of aphids, insect eggs, but will eat almost all parts of flowering plants, especially soft tissue, like newly forming buds in cannabis.   Identification  The […]

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Leafhoppers are just vampires dressed up as garden pests

Written by on 2 March 2022

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary Leafhoppers  Leafhoppers feed on leaves and stems with piercing sucking mouthparts that extract a bit of fluid from the plant. Most have insignificant effects. A few species cause small, light flecking/stippling injury may occur at the feeding site. Black sooty mold is a secondary outbreak from their honeydew. Although some leafhoppers transmit […]

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Grasshoppers are the Godzilla of garden pests

Written by on 2 March 2022

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary Grasshoppers   Most grasshoppers are general feeders, but they prefer young green plants and some annual flowers. Chewing mouthparts make large, round, smooth holes in leaves. Heavy infestations can strip plants to stalks. During major outbreaks they feed on almost any green plant, and damage may occur over a considerably longer period.  Identification  […]

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Buying Cannabis Seeds.

Written by on 14 February 2022

by Alex Robles Choosing the right seeds for your cannabis garden doesn’t have to be that intimidating, but you should know what you want and what you’re looking for.  The first thing you should do, is always purchase your seeds from a reputable seed company.  A quality seed company representative should have no problem taking […]

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All fungus gnats in the cannabis garden must die.

Written by on 8 February 2022

by Rincon-Vitova If you’ve grown cannabis indoors, you know how annoying fungus gnats can be.  They mostly fly around my grow space reminding that I’m over watering my plants.  The best way to fight these garden pests is to get to know them.  The following notes about Fungus Gnats were sent over from the insectary […]

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The Soil Food Web

Written by on 26 October 2021

The Soil Food Web (SFW) is an amazing thing to understand because it helps us see the beautiful complexity in nature.  Without a doubt, it’s not a simple straight line like a food chain is.  In a chain we can easily track the energy from grass to cow to human.  In the SFW there are […]

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