How To Deal with Garden Pests Organically

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by Nicole on June 6, 2011 · 1 comment

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If you are going through the trouble of planting and tending a vegetable garden, why not go the extra mile and make yours an organic one? You will improve the health in your home while carefully tending and growing your won home. One problem you might face, however, is dealing with garden pests organically. Here are some tried and true tips to help you in your quest.

One way to get rid of pests is to repel them. Some pests, like deer or other mammals, are turned away by smells. Garlic, tobacco, and even fish can be planted or placed around the garden to repel pests without changing the quality of your food.

Some plants or herbs serve as natural bug repellents. By planting these around your food garden plants, you can organically repel bugs from you area. You can also make concoctions from the oils these plants produce to spray on your garden to keep the bugs from making it their home.

If you find your plants are infested with little garden pests, especially insects, you can spray them with mineral or vegetable oils. These suffocate the soft-bodied creatures, and free your plants from their damaging jaws. However, make sure the oils will not harm your plants before you use them.

Similarly, you can spray your pests with a natural soap mixed with water. This effectively kills or deters them.

If all of these measures fail, look into nets or fences that will allow water and sunlight in, but will keep larger pests out. You can also research predators that can keep those pests at bay. For instance, if you struggle with aphids, you can buy ladybugs to let go in your garden and help with the problem. Some insects you can simply pick off of your plants. For instance, tomato worms are quite large. If you can spot them, which can be tricky at times, you can simply remove them from your plants.

Remember, the goal of dealing with garden pests organically is to avoid introducing chemicals and pesticides to your food. People did it for hundreds of years before pesticides were invented, so there is no reason you cannot do it now!

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.


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Karen June 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I have been really having trouble with slugs, it is so frustrating to have to deal with all these little pests but I think it adds some more excitment to gardening.

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