Five Tips For Organic Gardening and Organic Pest Control
Beneficial Insects in the Garden
It is Essential to Use Organic Pest Control When Organic Gardening
Organic gardening is a wonderful idea because it allows the everyday person to grow their own organic produce at home so they can eat healthy fresh vegetables and fruits without needing to purchase them at a grocery store or farmer’s market. However, organic gardening may involve bugs, pests and insects. Just a few pests are not a problem and may actually be beneficial as they give their natural predators something to eat.
Beneficial Insects Work Well To Use For Organic Pest Control
Five Ways To Do Effective Organic Pest Control
If you do have a pest control issue in your organic garden, you will need to take steps to apply organic pest control in order to solve the problem. The following are five tips for organic gardening and organic pest control that can help you to resolve your pest issue without the need for chemicals.
1. Figure Out What Type of Pest or Insect You Are Dealing With
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is worth pointing out that if you know what type of insect or pest you are dealing with it will be much easier for you to begin searching for organic remedies to the problem. You also want to ensure that you are not trying to eradicate beneficial insects.
2. Learn The Common Signs of Different Types of Pest Infestation
Different types of insects leave different types of damage to your plants, so if you are unsure what type of insects you are dealing with it may be advisable to assess any damage that has been done to your plants to see if that can show you what type of pest you are dealing with.
3. Use Garden Insect Traps
There are traps you can get that are designed for certain types of insects, so that you can know very quickly if you have an infestation of certain types of unwanted bugs. Such traps can help you to discover the problem before it gets out of hand.
4. Organic Dusting Remedies
Dusting your garden is a great way to kill certain pests. You can use dry wheat bran to dust your garden to prevent Colorado potato beetles. This bran will kill the bugs naturally because they eat it and then drink water which causes it to expand, killing them. Cornmeal works to eradicate a cutworm infestation because they cannot digest it properly so eating it will kill them. Diatomaceous earth is a good choice if you are dealing with slugs or other insects that are moist or soft. The sharp particles within it will break open the slugs skin and dry it out, killing them.
5. Organic Spray Remedies
Garlic spray and hot pepper spray are two organic spray remedies you may wish to use. Garlic spray is made by chopping up a dozen or so cloves of garlic and soaking them in mineral oil for a day or so. Then all you must do is strain the oil and add it to some organic insect soap spray. To make the hot pepper spray, the process is essentially the same but the diced peppers are soaked in water instead. You can also use powdered hot peppers or paprika in place of fresh hot peppers.
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