For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.

Organic Garden Pest Control - Getting Rid Of Unwanted Guests Without Chemicals

Chemical pesticides are toxic to humans, especially the very young or very old, pets, insects and the environment. Organic gardeners shun chemical pesticides and prefer to use natural and non-toxic ways of removing or deterring bugs. Soap is one useful method of pest control. You can buy organic soap or you can make it yourself by putting a few drops of dish soap into a cup of water. Spray your plants with this mixture. Spider mites and aphids hate soap. You need to completely coat the flowers, stem and leaves of the plant for the soap to be effective, although bear in mind that if you use the wrong kind of soap (for example, an antibacterial soap containing triclosan) or spray too much on, you might damage the leaves. Spray enough to kill the bugs and no more.

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If you spot bigger insects on your plants, it is easy enough to pick them off. You can wear gloves if you don't fancy touching the bugs and drop them into a container soapy water. Morning or evening is usually the best time to find the most insects on the plants.

There are some plants which repel insects naturally. It might be a good idea to plant these amongst your other plants. Examples of plants repugnant to insects are garlic, onion and marigolds. There are also insects which eat other insects instead of your plants. Praying mantis and ladybugs can be used to effectively control garden insects. They can be bought in egg sacs or live from many garden stores. You just need to release them into the garden and they will find aphids or similar food and happily live off them.

It is possible to make physical barriers in some cases. For example, if you cut the top and bottom from a can or jar, and push the container into the soil around fragile young plants, this will keep cutworms away. You can sprinkle diatomaceous earth around plants if slugs are a problem since slug pellets contain chemicals which we are trying to avoid. You can protect your produce from grasshoppers using fine netting. As an organic gardener, you will discover new creative ways to control insects in your garden if they are pests rather than resort to spraying toxic chemicals around.

By Lee Dobbins


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