Jessica Walliser

Walliser: Some beetles are real pests

There are more than 350,000 species of beetles in the world. All have two pairs of wings. The outer wings create a shell-like covering over ...

There is still time to start vegetables, especially cold-weather crops

Q uestion: We moved into a new house in May, and my husband built me two raised-bed planters for the backyard a few weeks ago. ...

Walliser: Too little sun? Don't write off growing vegetables

In last Sunday's column, I introduced you to a few of my favorite annual and perennial plants for shade gardens. Today, I'd like to discuss ...

Leaf damage may be caused by night-dwelling black vine weevil

Q uestion: I have several large rhododendrons at the back of our yard. They've always done very well there. A few weeks ago, I noticed ...

Options abound for shade gardens

Gardeners with a lot of shade often express their disappointment at not being able to grow sun-loving vegetables or colorful plants. If I had a ...

Know when and how to deal with runners for higher strawberry yields

Q uestion: We have a strawberry patch at our home that has produced plenty of large fruit in the past. For the past two years, ...

Cherries one of summer's sweet treats

Sweet cherries are one of summer's finest treats. Not only do they taste good, they're also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and their juice ...

Scale should be treated when insects are on the move

Q uestion: I have a beautiful magnolia in my garden. It shades my hosta and pachysandra bed. Yesterday, I noticed that the leaves of my ...

Some tree care required in summer

Caring for your trees is an essential summer chore. While this isn't the right time to be doing any major pruning, it is the ideal ...

Sedum will form roots all along its stems, making it easy to propagate

Q uestion: I have some sedums growing along my driveway, and I'd like to have more of them. They bloom beautifully in the late summer. ...

Bag yourself a healthy grape harvest

Grapes are a popular backyard fruit. With a little effort, it's possible to harvest bushels of this delicious fruit from just a few vines. When ...