Integrated Pest Management (IPM) fosters a healthy, sustainable approach to gardening by minimizing pesticide use. The basics steps are: monitor your plants and identify any problems that arise; set action thresholds; prevent pest problems; and control pests when necessary, using the least toxic method. These Web sites will help you make decisions:

1. National

• National Pesticide Information Center http://npic.orst.edu/

• U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, a comprehensive overview of the goals and practices of IPM: sponsors PestWise to promote innovation in pest management: http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/ipm.htm

• U.S. Department of Agriculture National IPM Center has numerous pesticide data sheets, a glossary, links for every part of the country: http://www.ipmcenters.org/

• National Plant Diagnostic Network First Detector Program: online training program for volunteers who will report presence of arthropods, diseases, nematodes, and weeds: firstdetector.org

• Radcliffe's IPM textbook, an e-text that offers up-to-date information on IPM: http://ipmworld.umn.edu/

• EXtension: links to 1,002 Extension Services and their fact sheets: http://www.extension.org/

• The Garden Professors (real horticulture professors) address current topics in IPM at their blog at www.gardenprofessors.com; they are on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/200375441489; also see http://www.jeffgillman.net/2.html

2. Regional and Local

• Pest Resources Online, an IPM organization for the northeastern states: http://www.pronewengland.org/

• Conn. Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)
http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2826&q=378158

• Univ. of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources IPM program: thorough, easy-to-use site covering fruits, weeds, insects, nuisance animals, etc.; offers home study and school curricula; frequent updates: http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/

• Cornell University IPM program; thorough, updated frequently, offers quarterly newsletter; has interactive tools for diagnosing some plant problems; gives organic growing practices for vegetables: http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/publications/homesbro/

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