One of the first steps in solving any garden problem is identifying what it is. Some use Facebook groups – such as Plant Ident 1010 or What’s Wrong with My Plant? Others will want to do their own research using reliable databases online.
Integrated Pest Management is the absolutely best way to deal with any garden problem, so once you’ve identified your problem, read about the five practices of IPM that will help you.
It all starts with Weed Pest and Disease databases for Identification
What bug is that? Why are my vegetables not thriving? Are these leaves diseased? All these questions and more can often be answered by searching reputable weed pest and disease databases. We suggest you try one of these reputable ones:
- Bug Guide – Identification, Images, & Information for Insects, Spiders etc for the US & Canada
- Common Insects in Vegetables in Ontario – “Cropportunities”
- OMAFRA Weeds and Insects
- Ontario Crop Diseases – OMAFRA
- Professional Lawn Care Association – Turf Diseases
- Ugly Leaf Diseases in Vegetables – Master Gardeners – great charts to help with problems of onions, cucumbers, melons and tomatoes.
- Ontario Weeds
- Weeds – Know Your Enemy
- Weed Info.ca
- Downloadable Weed Guide for Ontario Crops
- App for Plant Identification – Plant Snap
Integrated Pest Management Resources
- Ontario Crop Integrated Pest and Weed Management
- Cornell University – Pests and Integrated Pest Management