Could a city streetlight near a garden cause a dramatic increase in pest problems? Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, suggests some strategies when you can’t shut the light shining brightly in the night. Plus answers to all your growing questions.
Question of the Week:
I have a question about the possible effects of having a street light above your garden. I’ve been gardening successfully for five years, but last year we moved to a new house and I’ve been having pest issues in my raised beds ever since. Last year I had swarms of aphids, hornworms, and cabbage loppers. It was a constant battle despite this being an entirely new garden; and the pests greatly diminished our yields and even killed some plants.
— Coleen in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia
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