Combating pests is one of the most tedious tasks that come with gardening. They lower the quality of the produce and can be very difficult to eradicate, especially since you have to consider the pesticide is safe enough for use on your plants. Rather than worry about the effect of such chemicals, you can create an organic remedy!
Believe it or not, organic gardening is the best way to go. Your plants will be safe, give you a bountiful harvest, and you will also be making conscious efforts towards making your environment a safer place for you and everyone around you.
Pesticides are made up of potent chemical constituents created to kill just about any bugs in your garden, whether they are good (like the butterflies and bees) or bad (ticks, etc.). Thus, an additional need to find natural ways to rid your garden of pests. Below is a compilation of some of the most essential biological ways to rid your garden of pesky vectors.
One of the best ways to rid your garden of big insects is by picking them (with gloved hands). When you pick them, you can avoid the disgusting mess that comes with squashing them by dropping them into a soap solution.
Row covers can help prevent young plants from infestation. You can even improvise using tulle fabric! Such a protective barrier is, however, not limited to sheets, it could be a garden fence that will help prevent animals from getting at them.
Biological traps like pheromone traps pose no danger to your plants and work effectively to remove all kinds of insects. All you have to do is identify the pest that you are dealing with and get a pheromone trap for it.
Many plants naturally repel pests because they give off a powerful aroma. Examples include marigold, garlic, and other potent herbs. By plating these next to your crops, a technique termed "companion planting," you are growing natural repellents for pesky bugs and animals.
Create your own pesticide using Neem oil, which is known to kill insects and leave a residual effect that deters the bad bugs from coming back. However, be careful when applying this so that you don't kill beneficial insects like bees.
This is easy to make, and even better, it works quickly! When you make one, you can spray it onto insects to kill them.