Everything you've wanted to know about those pesky insects in your garden and how to keep them from getting to your tasty vegetables before you do will be explained in a workshop presented by Camden County Master Gardeners as part of their Homeowners Series of Workshops on Thursday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at the Camden County Environmental Center. You will learn how to identify the most common insects found on vegetables and how to control them organically. The speaker, Sabrina Tirpak, is the Principal Laboratory Technician at the Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  She is also an instructor at Rutgers and a frequent lecturer on insect pest problems in structures, landscapes and gardens.   Advanced registration is requested. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ladybugs, symbols of good luck from medieval Europe to Chinese lore, are beneficial bugs all gardeners should consider welcoming into their yards and garden plots. Bart Conrad, a master gardener in Camden County, says ladybugs are “a friend to gardeners” because they eat bugs that eat plants.

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