How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden- Naturally!

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden- Naturally!

 

Everyone is always looking for a natural way to keep pests and animals out of their garden. There are some wonderful natural pest and animal deterrents that are available right in your kitchen, and they are all safe for children and food gardens.

 1. Kitty-B-Gone- To keep cats out of the vegetable garden, you can use a combination of different natural substances. Cats abhor the smell of citrus and black pepper oil. Next time you eat an orange or a grapefruit, peel the rinds and toss them around in your vegetable garden. Sprinkling a large amount of black pepper also works well, although it can get expensive. Black pepper works best in areas that will not be getting a lot of water. You can also use black pepper underneath the porch or other spots in order to prevent a “litter box” area. Chili flakes work well, also, but are probably not a good idea if you have small children.

 You can also try planting the Coleus-Canina plant, a weed originating in Europe. It is also known as the “Scardy-Cat” plant because it emits an odor that felines hate. You can request this plant at your local nursery and plant it around any garden that you want cats to stay out of!

 2. Natural Aphid Killer- Did you know that you can kill aphids on roses and other plants simply by spraying them with a diluted solution made with household dish soap and tepid water? It’s true! Just put a small amount of dish soap in a squirt bottle with some water and spray away! The aphids die instantly and the plants are usually just fine. This method is so much safer than using pesticides, especially with food plants.

Investing in some ladybugs is also a great way to kill aphids. Ladybugs have a voracious appetite for aphids and other soft-bodied pests. They can help your garden become pest and insecticide-free.

3. Seaweed Mulch- Mulch made from seaweed is good for the soil and also deters pests. Seaweed mulch contains loads of vitamins and promotes healthy plant growth. An added bonus is that it deters slugs and snails.

There is lots of valuable information on the internet for gardeners that wish to plant and maintain gardens naturally. Your garden will become a more natural and balanced place for the healthy production of vegetables and flowers. Attracting and promoting beneficial insects, mulching techniques, and little bit of research can help you have the organic garden of your dreams.


Christy Pinheiro is an Enrolled Agent and holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. She was a staff accountant for a private CPA firm and also for the State of California before going into private practice. See her website at http://www.ChristyPinheiro.com.

 

Pests – pear midge maggots

In this imperfect world, there are many problems. Hey , you already knew that! In the context of tree fruit growing, there are many and various pests and diseases which (like the pear midge) can destroy your whole crop. I plan to put up a few videos about some of the more common problems. There is ethical and scientific controversy about how best to manage pest and disease problems. Basically there are 2 approaches-organic and conventional. There is some overlap, for example organic growers use some pesticides and conventional growers use methods like pheremone traps (for codling moth and plum maggot-I will deal with this later) which are ‘organic’ etc. This is a big debate and there is a lot of technical information and strong feelings. We need to stick to the facts and do more and better research, which IMHO should be government or not-for-profit foundation funded as big pharma will only research stuff it hopes to make money from, whereas the world needs cheap, safe, sustainable solutions to pests and diseases of food plants which don’t need too much high tech. I do NOT offer specific advice on how to control pests and diseases (not least for legal reasons) apart from study the facts, obey local laws, and SEVEN TIMES follow the instructions with any pesticides you use, but as a service to fellow fruit growers I share the information from my litle English orchard for what its worth. Anyone got any useful pest control information or resources, feel free to share it. Pear
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Effective Way To Deal With Garden Pests

Effective Way To Deal With Garden Pests

We all know that one of the most disgusting things that can happen in gardening is to deal with garden pests. Sometimes, we are always guarding every petal of our flowering plants just to make it sure that they will be safe from attacks. Too often, we fail on this and we just see out plants having holes made by these pests. Slugs, worms, caterpillars, snails, are some pests that we have to deal with. Though, we can not make our garden to be totally pest-free, still it is better that you do something to even just minimize their damage.


One of the worst things that your garden may have are insects; they can live beneath the soil, piles of leaves or old weeds or in any other area. To be able to eliminate garden pests, or even just lessen them, on thing that you must do is to put out all things that can be used by these insects as their shelter. You need to remove old leaves, weeds and any other foreign matter. This garden pest control is effective for your garden improvement.


Another garden pest control strategy is, by using dormant way to keep under control destructive insects. It is best effective to use dormant spray for your dormant plants, this is usually on, between February and March. Dormant spray can make wonder for your garden. However, it needs to follow correctly all the instructions to wipe-out insects effectively.


Another pest problem, aside from insects, are birds. Sometimes, I found my self chasing them away but then, they are still returning. One thing you can do to deal with birds is to put bird feeder somewhere in your garden to divert there attention from destroying your garden because they eat what is in the bird feeder instead. Not only can bird feeder keep birds outside your garden but they can also add attraction.


If you see mount of dirt within your yard and your plants are slowly dieing, then gopher can be expected to have hit your garden. One effective method to get deal with this insect is to set traps. By locating their locations, their tunnel, you can set-up you gopher trapping device. Another way to control this kind of insect is to utilize smoke bombs, place them in the gopher tunnel to spread smoke in their hide-outs. You can also make an organic garden pest control.


If you think that your garden is being attacked with garden pests, do your best to establish a garden pest control strategy to make your garden free from this problem and achieve your goal.

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Garden Pests – How To Get Rid Of Garden Pests And Keep Your Garden Healthy!

Garden Pests – How To Get Rid Of Garden Pests And Keep Your Garden Healthy!

Whether you are in Hawaii or Arizona, when the topic centers on gardening, one of the tests that gardening lovers commonly face is that of pest control. Even though organic approaches have been always present and have been applied for gardening, controlling bugs in the developed world right from the Second World War has for the most part employed synthetic chemical pesticides to ward off vermin of all sizes and shapes.


An ever-rising consciousness of the hazards and shortcomings related to chemical pesticides has of late led to an increasing tendency among the gardeners to go back to an organic process when contending with pests.


It is an accepted fact that with all forms of gardening, the use of an organic process can be very successful and reduces costs. It has become progressively simpler to search for numerous hints on the internet that if properly applied will assist in handling the most maddening vermin that break into and damage the garden.


Collecting information regarding the look, behavior, adversaries, and the life sequence of pests gives gardeners the chance to eliminate destructive insects from the garden, thus allowing only helpful insects to remain in the garden to carry out their work.


In the gardening scenario, controlling pests can be looked upon as being split into diverse yet markedly identical processes. Often, the most straightforward and clear form of assault initially launched in steering clear of the damaging and bothersome dilemma of insects, lies in the actual choice of flowers and vegetables.


By combining nature and science, growers of flowers and plants persist in developing the varieties currently existing so that they can withstand disease and insects. With a plethora of plant varieties present that are capable of fighting bugs and diseases, doing a little research and studying the seed labels will ensure good returns.


While the historical and long-established method of crop rotation calls for detailed scheduling and utmost consideration in gardening at home, pest control is hugely benefited by this and further practices that need gardeners to be conscious of insect affinity held out by the garden as the bugs’ host and breeding place.


Getting rid of damaged plants, developing the soil, snipping, and placing strong posts to support plants off the ground, comprise the organic culture practice that aids in restraining diseases and pests.


Frequently in the organic form of gardening, a simple means of controlling pests is the physical extraction and destruction of bugs from vegetables, flowers, and plants. Undoubtedly, the use of hands and footwear forms a successful though repugnant approach to most queasy gardeners with delicate bellies.


It is apparent with organic gardening, controlling pests by giving serious thought to the plants cultivated, garden spot, and the bugs involved will bring about prosperous and profuse gardens from Hawaii to Arizona.

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Simple Organic Methods to Combat Pests in your Veggie Garden

Simple Organic Methods to Combat Pests in your Veggie Garden

Organic gardeners always prefer to use methods that have the least negative effect on the environment. By growing strong healthy plants we eliminate the threat of having large scale pest invasions. But when some pest populations do build up in our garden we should be asking “how can I encourage more predators?”, rather than “what should I do about all these pests?”

For every pest you have in excess there is at least one, and probably many predators that would happily relieve you of the excess. Sometimes is takes predator populations a little longer to build than it does the pest it feasts on, so give it a little time before pulling out the big guns – insecticides.

Remember that ‘organic’ does not mean less poisonous and that most sprays are indiscriminate. Bearing that in mind, here are some organic ways to deal with a few persistant bug problems.

Bug Juice – A very effective insecticide. Collect an assortment of pests – grasshoppers are excellent – from wherever you are having pest problems in your garden. Liquefy them in a blender with the addition of about a third of the volume of bugs. Strain and dilute to about 5ml of bug juice per 1litre of water. Spray on affected plants.

Snails and Slugs. Fortunately there are a few easy ways to deal with these ravenous creatures as they can devour your tender seedlings overnight. Ducks are great snail and slug hunters and will delight wandering around the garden in search and destroy mode. The only minor damage you can expect is from their heavy feed, but they’ll generally not eat your greens as chooks would. Of course you can collect the snails and slugs and throw them to your chooks if you keep them – they’ll be delighted! The best time for collection is dawn and dusk when it is moist. You can also make this job easier by having cardboard or similar on the ground where they will gather.

If you don’t have chooks or ducks another method is similar to the bug juice above. You need to gather some snails and/or slugs into a container with some sugar and water. Allow it to ferment for a few days then place in the blender. You can dilute it with water if you don’t have much ‘juice’ and sprinkle it around problem areas.

Another method is to make a coffee spray. This works by spraying it thoroughly on and around the seedlings you want to protect. When the snails or slugs cross areas that have been sprayed they absorb the caffeine and die. Dilute one part strong espresso coffee to 10 parts hot water. When it’s cool, pour into a spray bottle and spray on plants that you want to protect and the immediate area around them.

Then there’s the time honoured traditional snail catcher – yes, the beer in the jar trap. Partly fill a jar with beer (stale of course, you don’t want to waste the good stuff) and lay it on its side where they are most active. They are attracted to the beer, get drunk and die. What a way to go! An alternative to this is vegemite dissolved in water. They are attracted to the yeast.

Mealy bugs look like white, fluffy slaters. They are sap-sucking insects that cause leaves to wilt and go yellow. You may find them feasting away on your fruiting plants and ornamentals such as palms, ferns, orchids and succulents.

They prefer the sheltered conditions of a glass house or indoors. Mealy bugs exude a sweet, sticky substance called honeydew which can lead to sooty mould fungus and ants (ants feed on the honeydew).

The best way to deal with them is to prune off the most damaged parts of the plant and then kill any remaining bugs by dabbing them with a cottonwool ball dipped in methylated spirits. This will dissolve their waxy protective coating, they will dehydrate and die.

Scale are sucking insects that feed on plant sap. They form in thick clusters on the leaves and soft growth of many garden plants. They also produce honeydew as a waste by-product of their feeding. Heavy infestations can cause stunted growth and wilting.

If you only have a small infestation you can scrape them off your plant with your fingernail or a toothbrush. Larger numbers can be sprayed with a solution of homemade oil spray. You can also use the oil spray to eliminate citrus leaf-miner and red spider mite. When you coat them thoroughly, the pests are suffocated by the oil.

Home-made oil spray.

1. Add 500ml of vegetable oil to 250ml of pure liquid soap to a bowl.

2. Mix together in a blender and then store in a jar.

3. Dilute 1tablespoon in 1litre of water. Spray, making sure you get under all the leaves.

Have kitchen utensils and a blender that are dedicated specifically for the purpose of spray preparation.

Use all sprays with extreme caution and do not eat from any plant that has been sprayed for at least two weeks.

Julie is an avid organic gardener and recycler, living on a small country property in South Australia. Her mission is to encourage as many people as possible to garden organically. Please visit her website for great organic gardening tips & info or Companion Planting Guide

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5 Ways to Protect Your Organic Garden From Pests

5 Ways to Protect Your Organic Garden From Pests

If you are familiar with gardening, or even if you aren’t, you already know that pests can destroy a season’s worth of work if left unchecked.  While you might be at a bit of a loss when it comes to making sure that your stays healthy while not using chemical products, you’ll find that with a little bit of research, nothing could be easier!  Check out a few of the great ways to protect your garden from pests while still keeping organic.

1.Garlic
Garlic is great for a number of different pests, and it’s easy to use, as well.  All you need to do is to start with 3 ounces of finely chopped garlic and mix it with two teaspoons of mineral oil.  After a 24 hour soak, you can add it to one pint of water and ¼ n ounce of dish soap.  This is a great all-purpose insect spray, and when you go to use it, all you need to do is to take about tablespoon of this mixture and mix it with a pint of water.  Test the mixture on some lower leaves to make sure that you have not made it strong, but this can be a great way to fight really persistent pests.

2.Weed Regularly
We already know that weeds can choke out the desirable plants, but keep in mind that they can also play host to a number of undesirable pests  as well!  Make sure that your rows stay clear of weeds and also of debris, where insects can nest.  When you have finished the weeding, make sure that you put the refuse at some distance away from your garden, to make sure that the pests that you have cleared out don’t return.

3.Milk
Milk is good for you, and great for your garden.  When you mix one part milk to nine parts water, you can spray the mixture every week or so to prevent things like powdery mildew.  Use it whenever you see black spots on your vegetables or your roses.

4.Composite Flowers
Not only will these flowers be a great and colorful addition to your garden, you’ll find that they’ll attract the useful insects as well.  Ladybugs and lacewings are both attracted to these flowers and you’ll find that they can help reduce pests a great deal.  For some great composite flowers to add, look at yarrow, chicory, chrysanthemums ad dahlias.

5.Newspapers and Cardbord
Use newspapers and cardboard layered on top of your weeds to suffocate them by keeping them away from the light and the water.  If you do this in the fall, your garden will have a great weed-free start in the spring.

 

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Organic Gardening–Nipping Garden Pests In The Bud, Naturally

Organic Gardening–Nipping Garden Pests In The Bud, Naturally

Garden pests are a constant problem. Everything that moves outdoors is famished in the spring. That includes aphids, cutworms, caterpillars, grasshoppers, squash bugs, whiteflies, potato bugs, slugs, mealy bugs, ticks, moths, and even rabbits and deer. So how can you protect your garden so that you can get enjoy the fruits of your labors without spreading destructive chemicals everywhere?

Here are a few ways:

Turn the soil over. Let it rest for 2 weeks before cultivating and planting. Turning the soil over exposes cutworm larvae so you can feed the birds and cut back on the cutworm population. Turning the soil also places sprouting weeks under the ground so they die a natural death.

Remove old mulch. Cutworms adore old mulch. Scraping it away will also empty the larder and send them looking elsewhere for dinner.

Buy some ladybugs. They love aphids! So do lacewings. Wasps and bees pollinate the plants.

Use homemade remedies for pest control.

Recipe 1: 1½ cups [12 oz.] of water + 4 drops of Ivory dishwashing liquid + a dash of cayenne sauce + a clove garlic, crushed. Mix this together and strain before putting it in a clean water bottle.

Recipe 2: Mix powdered milk with water according to package directions. Now that’s easy!

Use either of these to spray your plants. When they dry, your pests will disappear.

Plant flowers.

• Flowers pests hate. Marigolds smell like skunk cabbage to deer, birds, and many insects. Circle your garden with dis-tasteful beauty and you’ll discourage four-legged pests as well as the six-legged variety.

• Flowers ladybugs and lacewings love. Yarrow and Golden Marguerite (yellow daisy) are wonderful for these friendly insects.

Ignore a patch of weeds. Lure weed-loving pests away from your veggies. Give them what they love best and they won’t be as likely to feast on food meant for your table.

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How to Deal With Pests in Your Organic Garden

How to Deal With Pests in Your Organic Garden

Instead of automatically reaching for chemical pesticides when you see evidence of pests in your garden and on your plants think organic! Chemical pesticides will kill all the insects in your garden, even the beneficial ones and will contaminate the ground water. Find other ways to prevent pests from getting out of hand and reducing their number if they do.

Why should you use organic methods to combat pests rather than easily available pesticides? These chemical pesticides have been linked to many health problems and diseases including birth defects, cancer, infertility and many more. One of the problems is that pesticides sold for use at home are not tested as thoroughly as those used by commercial food growers as this is not a requirement of the law. As well as harming humans they also contaminate the soil in your garden and can be harmful to the beneficial visitors to your garden including honey bees, ladybugs, and butterflies which all eat pests.

One of the best defences against pests is to grow healthy plants in the first place. Weak and sickly plants are targeted by pests so make sure the conditions are right for the plants you are growing and keep them healthy by watering and fertilising adequately. Use natural composts and mulches rather than fertilisers high in nitrogen and do not let the plants sit in water or become too dry. Go into the garden regularly and remove weeds with a spade, hoe or your hands. Get close to the plants so you can spot any that are diseased early and can remove the infected parts before the disease spreads. Prune away the infected parts right to the main stem to prevent leaving a stub for the pests to re-enter.

Keep pests from having an easy time finding the plants they prefer by mixing different varieties of flowers, vegetables and other plants together. It is a good idea to plants some flowers among your vegetables to attract beneficial insects which feed on nectar. The larvae of insects such as lacewings and ladybugs feed on pests so it is a good idea to encourage them. Another good idea is to encourage wild birds that eat insects into your garden with a birdbath. A pond can lure toads and lizards to your garden where they may feast on any pests around.

If preventative measures have failed it is time to identify the pest and choose the best natural method to eradicate it. Find out which methods is best and use pepper sprays, soap sprays or Bacillus thuringiensis, which is a bacteria that can deal with leaf eaters such as caterpillars by interfering with their digestion. If possible remove any weak plants as these are the ones that pests will target.

As you can see it is not necessary to resort to chemical means to deal with pests in the garden although it is a little more work! Aim for a healthy garden with visiting wild life that will be able to resist pests and deal with any outbreaks quickly with methods that are safe for your garden, wildlife and your family.

For more information on all aspects of gardening visit Lawns and Gardens or read Planting a Vegetable Garden

Controlling Pests and Diseases the Organic Way (Garden Matters)

Controlling Pests and Diseases the Organic Way (Garden Matters)

There is no mystery to organic gardening; it is simply a matter of learning to work with Nature. That is the message of this concise handbook, which explains the importance of moving away from synthetic pesticides towards more natural methods of controlling pest and diseases. For the ever increasing number of environmentally conscious gardeners, its practical approach, together with its detailed list of remedies for all the more common garden ailments, should make it a valuable source of referen

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Natural Sprays for Pests and Diseases: As Helpful as Natural Organic Fertiliser in Organic Gardening

Natural Sprays for Pests and Diseases: As Helpful as Natural Organic Fertiliser in Organic Gardening

Aside from keeping the soil healthy and rich with the use of natural organic fertiliser such as seaweed fertiliser and fish fertiliser, another way to ensure the success of organic gardening is by guarding your plants from pests and diseases. Yes, even fruits and vegetables can get diseases that may cause them to stop growing or may result in their poor quality. Good thing there are now natural sprays for pests and diseases that are readily available in organic stores. You may use these to get rid of pesky pests that ruin your plants and protect them from certain types of plant diseases.

Organic fertilisers are used mainly to give the soil, which is the most important component of organic gardening, the nutrients it needs. This is done especially during the planting stage in order to enrich the soil that will nourish the planted seed.

When the plant reaches a certain stage, it becomes prone to insect infestation and plant diseases that impede its growth. The pests often destroy the leaves of the plant, which is where the food production occurs. When this happens, the other parts of the plant are greatly affected. Diseases, on the other hand, may affect the nutrient absorption of the plant, which may result to growth suppression and eventually, to the plant’s death. The said consequences may happen no matter the amount of natural organic fertiliser you use. You can avoid all these threats simply by including the use of natural sprays for pests and diseases in your organic gardening routine, along with putting seaweed fertiliser or fish fertiliser in your garden soil.

Thanks to our highly advanced technology, experts have already discovered that it is possible to make pest and disease sprays out of natural ingredients and therefore maintain the organic state of the fruits and vegetables that you grow while giving it proper protection. These sprays kill the pests and prevent them from multiplying. At the same time they keep plant diseases at bay – allowing the plants to grow to their fullest.

It is very important to observe your growing plants for any indication of a pest attack or impending disease. Remember that early detection is the key to saving your plants from the dangers brought about by such threats. If you get rid of these immediately, you are assured of steady growing fruit-bearing trees and vegetables. All you have to do is continue nourishing your plants and wait for them to bear fruit.

In buying natural sprays for pests and diseases, always go for the brand that is trusted by most organic farmers and gardeners. Ask for feedback from users to determine whether buying a particular brand will be worth it. Never settle for anything less than good quality, especially if you are maintaining an organic farm or garden as a business. Do not hesitate to invest not only in a quality natural organic fertiliser but also in a good natural pest and disease spray; this way, you will surely save more money by keeping your plants healthy and your garden productive. Don’t forget to add these to your list the next time you buy fish fertiliser, seaweed fertiliser and other gardening supplies.

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