Love gardening? We all do. But watch out for those snails, slugs, and aphids. Many of us love gardening but hate the bugs. Pests can do a lot of damage to your garden, if you are not careful. Here, I will show you how to get rid of your pests in organic way.
Is your garden under siege by snails and slugs? Are aphids devastating your greens? Pests do a lot of damage to your garden once they take hold. But have no fear. I will show you three very simple organic ways you will be able to control pests without resorting to chemical based pesticides. Keep reading for awesome tips on controlling bugs from your garden using only natural methods, without using harsh chemicals.
3 Awesome ways to control pests naturally
We already know that we are being exposed to many harmful toxic chemicals on a daily basis. So, why use more chemicals for killing pests? Most insecticides contain poison, which will increase the toxicity of your soil and surroundings. Insecticides also discourage, or even kill, beneficial insects which are necessary for pollination and biodiversity. So why wouldn’t you fight pests with organic methods?
“According to the recent report Heavy Costs: Weighing The Value Of Neonicotinoid Insecticides In Agriculture, issued by the Center for Food Safety, systemic pesticides are killing bees, offer little benefit to farmers, and don’t even increase crop yields.” – honeycolony.com
1. Choose healthy crops
Prevention is always better than treatment. Choose plants that are less likely to succumb to pests. Healthy plants can withstand infestation from insects more readily. Also inspect your plants and leaves regularly for signs of insect attacks such as discoloration or damage. Remove or pinch off diseased leaves. Watering your plants regularly will also keep your plants and soil healthy and wash pests off just like rain does.
2. Grow companion plants
Instead of growing a single crop, grow companion plants together. It would allow you to grow a variety of different crops in the same space, so you not only get a variety of crops but the plants will also help each other grow and some event repel insects and pests. For example many aromatic herbs, such as mint, citronella, lemongrass, fennel, catnip and many more, can repel and discourage pests from attacking your garden naturally. Additionally to herbs many flowers provide pest control, such as marigolds and nasturtiums, they also beautify your garden and are even edible! So mix up your garden with broccoli, tomatoes, flowers, and herbs.
3. Make offense a good defense
One great way to control pests naturally is to attack them with their natural predators. Find out what kind of pests you have in your garden and kill them with their natural predator. For example, wasps and lady bugs can get rid of your aphids, while ground beetles, toads, and lizards prey on slugs. Find out what pests you have and attract their natural predators to your garden to control pest populations.
You can get rid of pests, once and for all, without using any chemicals. Chemical pesticides can damage our environment and also harm our health. They can also harm the beneficial insects necessary for pollination and biodiversity in the ecological system. Why use chemicals when you can effectively control pests with the three natural methods mentioned above?
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Source: Nourish the Planet
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- Sustainable Pest Control Methods For Agriculture And Farming | Institute of Ecolonomics
- Toxic Chemicals – You’re Being Exposed Right Now | Institute of Ecolonomics
- Center for Food Safety
- Systemic Pesticides Kill Bees And Harm The Environment
- Three Companion Plants for Your Spring Garden | Institute of Ecolonomics