It is every gardener’s nightmare to find their crops infested with pests. But worry no more because there is a solution to that, learn the fundamentals of organic gardening pest control through the article below. Read on to know more.
How to defend your crops from pests through Organic Gardening Pest Control
The world of gardening offers a variety of organic gardening pest control for your planting activities. Pests invasion is basically the most dreaded problem in gardening be it organic or inorganic. But curing or preventing is really easy given the right guidance on how to fight off these pests.
There are various techniques in organic gardening pest control, let’s start with the physical pest control process. This is done by barriers and traps and grubbing off the plants by. Look out for snails in damp places such as under the rocks. Then there’s the biological pest control, which is done by encouraging insects to feed on pests like aphids and caterpillars. Insects such as lacewings and dragonflies are an example of predatory insects that you can use in combating pests. You can attract these insects by placing a shallow bowl of water in the garden. And then there’s the use of chemical pest control when all your hopes of using an organic pest control die out. This should be your last resort, and when you intend to use it, use the least toxic.
Recipes and other techniques of organic gardening pest control can be found in various organic gardening books. And I have here some useful recipes which can help you in fighting off pests:
1. To fight off against cockroaches – Bay leaves that is usually found on kitchen shelves is of great help to drive away cockroaches.
2. To fight off mites and green aphids – a mixture of one tablespoon of liquid soap and a cup of vegetable oil for the basic ingredients and then dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and place it in a spray bottle. Spray on mites and green aphids.
3. To fight off snails and slugs – fill in shallow plastic containers with beer, slugs will then get attracted to its smell and then drown themselves into the container; this is called placing beer traps.
4. To fight off whiteflies and scale – in between you crops, plant some daisies, tansy or yarrow because ladybugs get attracted to these plants.
5. To fight off cabbageworm and leafhoppers – mix three garlic cloves with two teaspoon of vegetable oil. Leave for 24 hours. Strain the liquid and then mix one teaspoon of dishwashing soap with one liter of water, place the solution in a spray bottle, shake it before spraying on your plants.
Organic gardening pest control is used to keep your plants free from the harmful effects of chemical pesticides. Controlling pests in your garden is easy if you know what pests you’re dealing with. Prevention is also better than cure, so before you start your gardening, be armed with beneficial insects and repelling plants that will help you in your quest of having a bountiful garden.