Pest Control

Keeping the garden healthy and beautiful without contributing in the destruction of the environment is the main objective of every organic gardener around the world. And one way to achieve this is by using gardening remedies which are organic in nature.

Here Are Ten Organic Remedies That You Can Try For Your Garden

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1. Slug Beer Trap 

Slugs love beer so much that for them it’s a drink to die for, LITERALLY! To set up a slug beer trap, all you need is a container for the beer that you will use. An old ball, cups, and bowls will do. Bury your chosen container just until it is the same level with the soil. Next fill your container with beer and leave it in your garden. When the slugs come for the beer, they will get stuck into the container and the slugs will drown in the process.

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There are more than 12,000 species of ants around the world. Some of them invade our homes, some invade our cars, and most ants invade our gardens. The abundance of fresh food that our garden offers is what attracts the ants. Ants are very persistent and they are not easy to contain. Putting fences around the garden is also ineffective because the ants will just get through it. Pesticides and insecticides is also a big NO!  While pesticides and insecticides may solve you of your ant problem, other insects that are beneficial to your garden will also be killed by these chemicals and it is also damaging to the environment. The best way to control and rid your ant problem in your garden is by natural method and there are many ways to do these.

Here are 6 effective ways to get rid of ants in the garden

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1. Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural ant repellent. Ants leave pheromones whenever they go and that is what the ants follow to go on their business day in and day out. By using vinegar spray, we can erase these pheromone trails and at the same time repel the ants in our garden. Just spray the leaves of the plants and also the trail that the ants follow. Just repeat this process for about a week and your ant problem will be solved.

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Gardening is fun! But sometimes the fun is sucked away by the presence of different garden pests that tries to crawl, fly, and feast on our plants once they start to grow. Garden pests go hand in hand with gardening. Expect to have pests once you garden your soil. But, that does not mean that we can’t do anything to control these pests from attacking our plants. There are many types of pesticides that are being sold in the market that we can use. But if we want our garden to stay as organic as possible, then, using chemical pesticides to get rid of the garden pests in our garden is a big NO! Instead, we can make our own “ORGANIC PESTICIDES” using the different plants and organic matters that can be found in our garden.

Next are 11 organic ways to battle common garden pests using organic materials found in our garden and in our homes.

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Beneficial insects can protect your plants by getting rid of those pesky insects. But, of course you have to attract these beneficial insects first before they can help you. How?

Beneficial insects are easy to lure in the garden – just give them what they like most which are flowers that are rich in nectar and pollen.

Here is a list of plants that attract beneficial insects which you can start planting in your garden – if you haven’t done so yet.

Annual Plants

Alyssum ‘Carpet of Snow’

These masses of tiny flowers can attract hoverflies and parasitic mini-wasps.

Basil

This herb has flowers that can attract bees and other beneficial insects. It can also repel aphids and tomato hornworms.

Calendula

This flower can attract bees and hoverflies.

Cornflower

This flower can attract a lot of beneficial insects such as bees, lacewings, ladybugs, hoverflies and parasitic wasps.

Cosmos

Lacewings, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps are all attracted to this flower.

Dill

The flower of this herb can attract ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies and parasitic mini-wasps. You can also use to as a trap crop for aphids.

Marigold

Marigold attracts bees and hoverflies. The roots of this flower produce a secretion that can kill root-eating nematodes in the soil. The flower petals of Marigold are edible.

Morning Glory

Plant Morning Glory to attract syrphid flies and ladybugs.

Nigella

This plant is a quick-blooming and self-sowing annual that can attract bees. The seeds of Nigella damascena and Nigella sativa are edible.

Snapdragon

This flower is best for attracting bumblebees.

Zinnia

Zinnia flowers can attract bees, ladybugs, hoverflies, parasitic wasps and other beneficial insects.

Perennial Plants

Agastachefoeniculum

The flowers of this herb are attractive to bees and other beneficial insects. This herb blooms the first year from seed; you can use its leaves to make a tea.

Alyssum saxatile

Also known as the ‘Basket of Gold’ because of its bright yellow flowers that bloom in May. This is also a good source of food for ladybugs and hoverflies.

Bronze Fennel

The leaves and seeds of this plant are edible. This plant can attract a lot of beneficial insects such as bees, hoverflies, lacewings, ladybugs, syrphid flies, tachinid flies, and parasitic wasps.

Common Chives

The flowers of this plant are attractive to bees, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps. You can add the leaves and flowers to your recipes.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)

Praying mantis, bees, and parasitic wasps are all attracted to the flowers of this plant, while birds are attracted to the seed heads.

Feverfew

This herb has white daisy-like flowers that are attractive to hoverflies. You can use this herb to treat migraine and headaches.

Garlic Chives

This plant attracts bees and other beneficial insects. The leaves of this plant have a strong garlic odor that repels aphids. This is also a good companion plant for roses.

Goldenrod

This plant attracts assassin bugs, big-eyed bugs, bees, ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, praying mantis, and parasitic wasps. Plant this from late summer to fall.

HesperisMatronalis (Dame’s Rocket)

The flowers of this plant attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. You can add the young leaves to for dishes.

Lavender ‘Lady’ (LavandulaAngustifolia)

Hoverflies and bees are attracted to its flowers.

Lemon Balm

The leaves of this plant have a lemon flavor, which you can use for making tea. Tachinid flies, hoverflies, and parasitic mini-wasps are attracted to its small flowers.

Parsley

The flowers of this herb are attractive to beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, tachinid flies, and parasitic mini-wasps.

PenstemonStrictus (Rocky Mountain Penstemon)

Its vivid blue flowers attract ladybugs, bees, and hoverflies.

Black-Eyed Susan (RudbeckiaHirta)

This plant has daisy-like flowers with a golden-yellow color that are attractive to bees and lacewings.

Salvia

Salvia attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Thyme

The tiny flowers of thyme are attractive to hoverflies.

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Tomato blight may be considered a gardener’s nightmare because it does not only infect tomatoes but also eggplants and potatoes as well as other crops. This disease not only damages infected crops but also kills them so the poor gardener is left with no harvest even after weeks of toiling and hard work!

Symptoms Of Blight

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Before your crop is ruined, you need to know how to recognize the symptoms of tomato blight. There are two kinds of blight: early blight and late blight. Both kinds are dangerous to crops and these are the symptoms for each:

Early Blight

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  • Leaf – 1 or 2 spots each leaf up to ½ inch in diameter; spots have tan centers with concentric rings in them; spots have yellow halos around the edges
  • Fruit – dark, sunken spots appear on the stem end of fruits
  • Stem – dark, sunken cankers at or above the soil line.

Late Blight

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  • Leaf – pale green spots usually near the edges of tips of foliage that turn brown to purplish-black; fuzzy mold on the undersides of leaves during humid weather
  • Fruit – brown, leathery spots appear on green fruit; spots are usually on the top and sides of the fruit; , white mold forms in humid weather
  • Stem – black and brown spots appear and spread; during humid conditions, entire vines can be killed very quickly

The earlier you recognize tomato blight, the easier it is to get rid of it. So always inspect your crops and be on the lookout for the symptoms of early or late blight. The moment you notice the tell-tale signs, start treating the plant right away.

Next: Organic Treatment of Tomato Blight

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