Ancient peoples have used honey for medical purposes. Modern medicine uses a special grade of honey for treating wounds.
This week’s RSFF looks at trees. Some trees are drought-stressed and need irrigation. There are a couple of tree identifications and tree health.
Here is an article for beekeepers regarding honeybees and how they address queen distress.
RSFF discusses two harmful insects, white flies and woolly aphids. There is a beneficial, predatory assassin bug and a strange looking walkingstick insect.
RSFF mostly identifies elderberry, mulberry, and a tree fungus. There is a narrative about controlling crabgrass.
Beehive Buzz looks at several predatory insects including the cicada killer wasp, a robber fly and a long-legged assassin bug.
This week RSFF looks at vegetables and the questions of some gardeners like blossom end rot, potato scab, preventing insects, and a bacterial disease.
Many beekeepers know that honey is harmful to infants less than 12 months old, but they are unusually unaware of the reason.
This version of BHB looks at bees in the news around the world from bee behavior to varroa control to environmental concerns to bee nutrition.
This week’s RSFF looks at four flying insects including: horse guards, long-horned bee, leaf-cutting bee and bumblebee.
Topics include injury from weather conditions such too cold or to dry or to sunny. The last narrative identifies marsh parsley, a tropical, invasive weed.
This version of BHB looks at the Slovenian hive from the inside.
This blog looks at Southern Blight, a blue native wildflower, a robber fly and barklice.
The topics in this RSFF include a predatory stinkbug, a larval form of the grape flea beetle, a liriope infestation and Virginia buttonweed.
This RSFF looks at landscape trees stressed by drought and how to irrigate them. The rest of the blog looks at leaf-footed bugs and at male velvet wasps.
RSFF looks at Tomato wilts, bumps and fruit worms. Also, various asters have strange deformity.
Gardeners asked about goumi and maypop fruits while other gardeners asked to identify some plants, particularly burclover and wetland sedges.
RSFF answers questions about common chickweed, the identity of a juvenile long-horned beetle and of a caterpillar of the giant swallowtail butterfly.
This version of RSFF looks a hammerhead worm, a couple of garden snakes, a harmless flying insect, infected cedar branch and dandelion edibility.
RSFF discusses a common garden mushroom, black stinging caterpillars, a common lawn weed, and tiny plant mites.
This RSSF looks at carpenter ants and at spider mites. Also, a slime mold and a soil fungus are in this blog.
Readers of RSFF asked to identify a flower, causes of different types of tree damage, and cause of malformed carrots.
The topics for this RSFF include: home soil testing, azalea leaf spots, low magnesium and successful vegetable seedlings in a greenhouse.
RSFF looks at gardening on a concrete slab, leaf mulches, a couple of cool season weeds, and a productive greenhouse.
RSFF looks at a common tree caterpillar, the fall webworm. A gardener asks about gardening southern Louisiana and the invasiveness of gooseneck loosestrife.
Shortly after the USDA approved a plan for Louisiana to produce industrial hemp, some beekeepers asked me to research the possible effect on honeybees.
Questions about acorn production, Identification of a seed pod, blackberry pruning, and a new 811 law affecting the installation of new landscape.
RSFF answers questions about carpenter ants, sooty mold, crab apple trees and sawbriar roots.
An aspiring beekeeper asked for information to help her travel on the path to keeping honey bees and some resources for beekeepers.
Gardeners have questions about vegetables and mildew, nuisance geckos, slimy algae in garden ponds and tree roots heaving sidewalks and causing trip hazards.
This edition of RSFF looks at planting citrus trees, insuring live oak and other specimen trees, diagnosing bark damage on baldcypress trees, and more.
RSFF looks at several weeds including spurweed, nutsedge and vetch. Another person wants to control weeds in his groundcover, Asian jasmine.
This RSFF is intended to reach folks who want to garden in 2022. This blog looks at an upcoming Master Gardener class and at online gardening courses.
Lichens are back again, and there is a sick oak tree and an ailing muscadine vine. A gardener shared her comments about bird feeding habits at a feeders.
This RSFF discusses a couple of organic treatments for insects and for fungal infections. A fall wildflower, rose gentian, is identified, and a tomato plant has
Unpleasant talk about bird poop, an exotic, unwanted frog, and a spider egg sac which means baby spiders will be emerging. Finally, an ailing strawberry plant.
There are a couple of citrus questions, a plant ID and a question on soil improvement.
This RSFF looks at identifying a blackgum tree in call color, discusses a yellow jacket, a hairy caterpillar, and several citrus pests.
Beehive Buzz heard from a landowners about honeybees infesting an owl nesting box, and beekeepers remove the bees.
This week’s column includes fall wildflowers, an ailing aloe vera, a late season insect ID, and native black locust wood.
This week RSFF looks at various mushrooms, slime mold and rust fungi in the landscape.
This edition of Beehive Buzz identifies a European pollinator now in Louisiana.
Deformed persimmon, identifying berries, wild plum and fertlizing a lemon tree.
Mosquito control is an important health protection program for some local governments. However, mosquito control poses risks for honeybees.
Several homeowners and gardeners found non-venomous snakes in their gardens and landscapes and asked for ID. Another homeowner sent an image of a flatworm.
Homeowners want to know how to treat spurweed, help with a sick peace lily and identification of a native vine, peppervine.
Here is a blog about a different beehive design, the Slovenian beehive. This style of hive entails less lifting of bee equipment.
This version of RSFF is about harmless bark cattle, orange dog caterpillars, canna leafrollers, red bay ambrosia beetles and grape flea beetles.
Colorful caterpillar, egg masses that will hatch into armyworms, fighting off chamberbitter, and establishing bermudagrass.
A beekeeper asked about avoiding air bubbles in honey and a another local beekeeper shared his thoughts on preventing this complaint in bottled honey.
Virtual gardening course at no charge, identification of a tree frog, treating white grubs and a caterpillar attacking a cucumber.
Beehive Buzz describes the basic information needed for labeling a jar of honey.
The Honey Narrative summarizes apiary production in 2021 and is part of the 2020 LA Ag Summary.
Damaging caterpillars, the tomato hornworm, fall webworm, will firewood infected with a fungus spread to live trees and toxicity of American beautyberry.
A forester saw an unusual insect on one of his landscape trees. So far, there is no conclusive ID so feel free to help find out what this mysterious green bee
A couple of insect infestations. One homeowner wants to eliminate ground moss from her landscape. Phosphorus deficiency in tomato plants
This version of RSFF looks at the trees of various homeowners including pine trees, crape myrtles, a Chines parasol tree and a palm tree.
More insects in this version of RSS included peach scales, Asian ambrosia beetles and a safe pesticide for honeybees. One gardener complained about blueberries.
In this weeks RSFF, Louisiana homeowners asked about crawley critters like spiders, armyworms and walnut caterpillars.
This week’s RSFF looks at wasp treatments, flower seeds, a wounded tree and identification of an introduced wildflower.
Homeowners/gardeners asked about insects including a two-lined spittlebug, millipedes and leaf cutting ants. Another gardener shared an image of a possibly edib
Gardeners asked questions about plant disease and plant toxicity.
An anonymous Facebook writer disparages honeybees and the Beehive Buzz defends the European honeybee.
This RSFF discusses cicadas, wildflower seeds and millipedes.
One gardener has a couple of concerns regarding her blueberries; another asked for a name of a wildflower and another has questions about an Asian pest.
Master Gardener classes will be starting in late in April, 2021. One gardener complained about aphids on hibiscus, and others were complaining about different
RSFF looks at phosphorus and sulfur as plant nutrients, how to treat mole crickets, stinkhorn mushroom, and a short narrative about fruits tree.
RSFF has topics that overlap to some degree. There issues with both fertilizer and insects in the lawn. There is also too much phosphorus in garden.
RSFF discusses a few challenges when gardeners grow organically, like herbicide contamination and toxic phosphorus.
A gardener inquiring about our Louisiana irises, a homeowner asked about a mosquito treatment, and what are the risks and benefits of “opium” lettuce.
A local nurseryman brought in citrus leaves with cupping and this blog discusses some possible causes.
The version of Beehive Buzz talks about queen replacement due to poor honey production.
Common winter weed, Florida betony, and scale insects and leaf-footed bugs, and Mediterranean geckos.
This week's version of RSFF identifies an ornamental magnolia tree, a native stinkhorm mushroom, and discusses control of dollarweed and Indian mock strawberry.
This edition RSFF celebrates Ground Hog’s Day, identifies an exotic fruit, prunes a certain variety of rose and then answers some questions about earthworms.
This week’s blog addresses a seasonal issue with plant nutrition, tree identification, a mistaken identity of some buds and a question about herbicide.
This week RSFF looks at the difference between Bradford pear trees and Callery pear trees. A couple of narrative discusses plant diseases in the landscape.
Crape murder is the lead narrative and discusses the “uglification” of crape myrtles. Hybrid oaks are featured as well as organic treatments for fire ants.
This week’s version of RSFF has another Master Gardener story about MGs who just barely finished the MG classes before the COVID shutdown.
Beehive Buzz discusses the addition of Russian queen bees to a beeyard and helps with referrals to beekeepers who specialize in the Russian breed of honeybees.
Graduation of a class of Master Gardeners, a new virtual MG class starting on January 1st, and identifying two similar woody native plants.
This version of Beehive Buzz shares information for both homeowners and beekeepers regarding the humane removal of honeybees from home and other structures.
This version of RSS entails identifying a native vine, the peppervine, treatment for leafy mistletoe in a tree and honeybee removal collection list.
RSFF looks at why some plants are blooming this falll, identifying a persimmon sapling, treating town ants and the average summer temps in central Louisiana.
The version of RSFF looking a restoring a lawn, improving the health of a live oak, an unexpected bloom and a gardenia leaf changing color.
This edition of RSFF looks at a butternut squash, a caterpillar of the imperial moth, wildflower ID and grass ID.
This article looks at two insects with similarities, the native cicada killer wasp and the non-native Asian giant hornet.
A horticultural article examining blackberry leafspot, hydrangea wilt, a shrub with fall flowers, and some oak leaf galls.
This article looks at rehabilitating camellias, a blooming confederate rose, and a flowering maple has yellowing leaves.
Article has information to help homeowner recover the loss of landscape trees. Also, there is ID of a fungus, a tree, and a vine.
This article looks at helping lawns recover after storm debris is removed. The last paragraph looks at what criteria is needed to become a champion tree.
Somehow, RSFF managed to include an LSU football topic in this version, snake ID and identification of a pest on a crape myrtle.
Many of us in Louisiana will remember August 27, 2020 as a day of infamy because Laura made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.
The loss of a champion pecan tree due to hurricane Laura. Two vine, greenbrier and Asian jasmine are identified, and treatments are provided.
This version of RSFF identifies an exotic nut, large insect grubs and pink growth on trees. There is also information regarding landscape trees.
After hurricane Laura, citizens discovered many damaged trees. This article looks at the trees that failed and the trees that survived.
This week we look at some plants. A couple vines are identified, another plant is a surprise, garden rice, and the last is a nice shade plant.
This week’s RSFF looks at a couple of gardening issues, wasp damage to oak leaves, and most importantly, a tapeworm with a toxin.
This article shares information about lichens. It also identifies tree leaves, mushrooms and a grassy weed.
The title of the article could have been “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” because only insects are discussed this week.