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About Susan Mulvihill
Susan Mulvihill is based in Spokane, Washington, USA, where she is the Sunday garden columnist for The Spokesman-Review newspaper. In 2002, she became a Master Gardener affiliated with Washington State University, which gave her the opportunity to answer questions from gardeners facing challenges from insects, animals, the weather, and other issues that crop up along the way.
Susan has long believed that everyone can and should grow a garden and has made it her mission to provide the information and solutions to a wide audience both nationally and internationally. She also strongly believes in the importance of using organic methods. Her website, SusansintheGarden.com, contains the wealth of gardening knowledge that she has learned over the years and is very willing to share with everyone!
Another way Susan educates about gardening is through the 300+ how-to-garden videos she has hosted and produced on a wide variety of topics. You can find them on her YouTube channel, youtube.com/SusansintheGarden. She is also a botanical photographer.
She is co-author of the "Northwest Gardener's Handbook" for Cool Springs Press.
Susan posts daily to her Facebook page (facebook.com/SusansintheGarden) and Instagram feed (instagram.com/SusansintheGarden).
She is a member of the professional organization, Garden Communicators International, and has won awards for her writing and website design. Susan is a sought-after lecturer for gardening events.
In 2019, she was the recipient of the Media Award from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State for her "many contributions to the coverage of gardening topics, education, and demonstrations that emphasize the Washington State University Extension Master Gardener program."
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Climate change and newly introduced insect pests are changing the world of gardening. Pests that once produced a single generation per year are now producing two or even three, and accidentally imported pest insects have no natural predators to keep them in check. These leaf-munching critters can cause significant damage in short order, reducing your yields and costing you time and money, especially if your garden is out of balance or your plants are stressed and vulnerable.
Whether you’re a new or seasoned gardener, author and garden pro Susan Mulvihill shows you how to handle pest issues by growing healthier plants, properly identifying the culprit, and nurturing the overall ecosystem of the garden. With easy-to-use charts, you’ll learn how to identify common vegetable garden pests based on both the damage they cause and their physical appearance.
DIY pest-control projects, coupled with up-to-date info on the best natural products, physical pest-control tricks, and tips for managing pests with the use of traps and barriers, all lead to a garden where beneficial insects and pollinators are preserved while pest populations are kept in check.
Learn how to:
- Get rid of squash bugs with minimal effort
- Screen out root maggots
- Keep cutworms at bay
- Nurture the good bugs that help control tomato hornworms
- Tackle an infestation of mites, thrips, or whiteflies
- Send cucumber beetles packing
- Limit cabbage worms with a simple, inexpensive trick
- Learn about the best earth-friendly product controls for home vegetable gardeners