Zygiella x-notata Spider

Spider webGenerally spiders are good for a garden, as they normally catch unwanted garden pests and eat them. So expect to encounter some spiders (and, consequently, spider webs) in the balcony garden. Some spiders are dangerous, such as the black widow spider, so if you're squeamish, scared or curious about the spiders that may visit your balcony container garden, try to identify the spiders you see, and research if they are beneficial or harmful.

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Garden Pollinators

Bee on a flowerWhile balcony gardeners usually look at flowers as beautiful accents to their container gardens, flowers are much more than that: Flowers are the way that most plants reproduce. Most plant species have male and female parts in a single flower, but some plants have separate male and female flowers.

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Light Green Caterpillars Are Cabbage Loopers

Cabbage looper caterpillarI noticed half of my radish leaves were gone, and I found about 30 light green worms or caterpillars all over the plant. They are about an inch long. What are these green worms in my garden, and how do I get rid of them?

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Tomato and Potato Blight

Late blight fungus potato plantProtecting potatoes and tomatoes from garden pests, such as the tomato hornworm caterpillar, and fungal diseases requires some work. These plants are in the same genus (Solanum), so they have a lot of the same maladies. Their foliage of these plants can become infected with early blight, late blight, leaf spot and other fungal problems. (Late blight was a large factor in the Irish Potato Famine in the 1850s.) These problems are quite common in balcony container gardens, but they are easy to avoid.

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Attracting Skipper Butterflies to the Balcony Garden

Skipper butterflySkippers are a type of butterfly that fly erratically, darting about in the air. When looking at a skipper, many people may think it looks more like a moth than a butterfly. These are endearing little creatures, since they look furry in their adult form, and they have large black eyes. Skipper butterflies are great pollinators that might land in your balcony garden looking for a snack. The larvae of these moths aren’t pest caterpillars, as they eat the sap from grasses. These pollinating butterflies should be a welcome addition to your balcony garden. 

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