No, the pests in your organic garden are – we hope! – unlikely to gang up and gnaw you to death in your vegetable patch one early spring morning when no one is looking. This article is about how to engage in the never-ending task of pest control without compromising the safety of yourself, the plants and animals (except the pests!) by uqsing organic pest control means.
This is especially important for those with vegetable or fruit gardens. Obviously, the main purpose of the organic methods of home gardening is to avoid any potential poisons (including pest-control chemicals) entering into the system – and especially into the produce you intend to eat.
How to carry out safe and organic pest control methods…
Here we shall look at some secrets to maintaining a long-term defense against pests in a way that is environmentally friendly.
1. Get physical with pest control
This may be accomplished by picking grubs off by hand, creating barriers and traps, as well as plugging holes. Snails may hide in damp places under rocks and towards the base of those plants with strap-like foliage.
2. Apply biological pest control
Encourage predatory insects such as green lacewings and dragonflies to feed on aphids and other pests that attack your plants. You can do this by placing a shallow bowl of water in the garden. Dragonflies especially will hover around water. Bacterial insecticides such as B. thuringiensis can also be used against caterpillars.
3. Never turn to chemical pest control
Organic pest control methods can be successful and the ingredients for many of the recipes can be found in your kitchen cupboard. If sprays are really necessary, try and find the ones that are organic in nature or the least toxic. These include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, and dehydrating dusts.
4. Consider the use of safe organic pest control substitutes
Recipes for alternative and organic pest control include the following:
Against green aphids and mites – Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap into a cup of vegetable oil. Dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and spray on aphids and mites.
Against cockroaches – Dusts of boric acid can be applied to cracks or entry points of these insects. Bay leaves on pantry shelves could also help in warding off these critters.
Make sure that the organic pest control products you use are made specifically for the insects you are targeting.
(See more information about organic pest control and some homemade recipes that you can prepare and use in your organic garden here.)
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