Backyard Farming

Welcome to the backyard farming section of IPMopedia, a collection of researched fact sheets, knowledge from personal experience, and professional advice to help you grow a bounty of produce in your own backyard. Projects for this section are currently underway, including a collection of fact sheets on how to prevent and control common pests on your vegetable plants, design guides and tips on creating your own edible garden, as well tips and advice on planting and maintaining your crops throughout the season.

Veggie Growing Fact Cards

We've selected 20 of the most popular vegetables we can grow here in Western Washington and created a fact card for each with tips on planting, growing, and harvesting your crops. Each fact card provides information on planting, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, and common pests to keep an eye out for in both English and Spanish. Be sure to refer to our Pest Fact Sheet Database for more information on how to identify and control specific pests without the use of harmful chemicals.

Pest Control Fact Sheets for Vegetable Gardening

One of the more frustrating things to happen to a veggie gardener is loosing a crop to a pest insect or disease after months of hard work, money, and time. In an effort to help you control pest problems and more importantly prevent them from happening in the first place we have created pest control fact sheets for the most common pests on your favorite crops. Learn how to identify your pest, when and how to act, and how to prevent them in the future.


Insect Pests


Summer Squash
-Zucchini, Crookneck, Pattypan
Winter Squash
-Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Delicata,Spaghetti, Turban

Flea Beetle, Western Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Cutworm, Symphlan, Squash Bug

Verticilium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Angular Leaf Spot, Curly Top Virus

Leaf and Flower Forms
-Broccoli, Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Cauliflower,
Brussel Sprouts, Arugula, Mizuna
Root Forms
-Radishes, Turnips, Rutabagas

Imported Cabbage Worm, Diamondback Moth, Cabbage Maggot, Cabbage Looper, Symphlan

Club Root, Downy Mildew, Botrytis Stem Blight, Powdery Mildew

-Tomato, Potato, Peppers (sweet and hot), Eggplant, Tomatillo

Green Peach Aphid, Symphlan, Potato Beetle, Flea Beetle, Tomato Hornworm

Late Blight, Curly Top Virus, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Alternaria, Fusarium Wilt, Verticilium Wilt, Pythium species, Erwinia species, Rhizoctonia Solani, Scab

-Onions, scallions, garlic, leek, shallot

Very few insect problems

Aster Yellows, Bacterial Soft Rot, Rust

-Snow pea, snap pea, shelling pea

Green Peach Aphid, Slugs and Snails, Cutworm

Fusarium Wilt, Pea Enation Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew

-Bush, Dry, Lima, Pole, Edamame

Black Bean Aphid, Cutworms, Slugs and Snails

Halo Blight, Fusarium Root Rot


Spinach Leafminer, Flea Beetle

Scab, Leaf Spot


Carrot Rust Fly, Wireworm

Bacterial Soft Rot, Black Rot, Aster Yellows, Powdery Mildew, Root Knot


Flea Beetle, Green Peach Aphid, Lettuce Root Aphid, Lettuce Aphid, Western Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Cutworm, Cabbage Looper

Aster Yellows, Anthracnose

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