mom. Organic Gardening. December 14th , 2017.
Do you need Organic Bug killer For your Vegetable Garden?
But, you must to find out first whether the bugs in your garden can be considered as pests or otherwise. Look for the symptoms:
Do your plants look dying?
Are the flower or fruit of your plants get affected?
Are the plants still growing?
Don’t be mistaken, plenty of bugs actually benefit for your vegetable garden. If you don’t careful with your action, your organic bug killer might end killing the helpful bugs, along with the pesky ones. You should take some time and effort to examine the affected plants.
Let me help you with some simple tips to maintain your vegetable garden, First thing you need to do is to find out what type of bugs affecting your plants.
You must have the knowledge about the bugs you want to target. Certain plants can deter certain bugs and some bugs have their own natural predators.
Many bugs can’t stand garlic and chillies; make your own bug repellent using these ingredients. Grind them down, mix them with water, and spray them to the infected plants. You might want to make the concentration low for the leaves not to burn. It’s an effective method for organic gardeners – or any gardener, really – who want to avoid to use insecticides. The downside is some people can’t stand the smell of garlic (hmmm... their loss I guess).
You don’t always have to use organic bug killer to repell bugs; sometimes prevention method is just enough. Properly fertilized and watered plants are more resistant to pests compared to plants who don’t get properly treated. Don’t use seeds from the diseased plants; best to purchase new seeds from a trusted seed supplier every year. Morning is the best time to water your plants to prevent diseases. If you water your plants at night, your plants might get fungal trouble.
Another non bug-killer method is crop rotation. Crop rotation or having different layout on your vegetable garden every year will help you to fight soil born disease. Some plants need more nutrients from the soil than others; while some plants also give nutrients to the soil. Also, it’s important to clean the soil from debris and weeds as pests may live in such place.
Barriers around the plants can be effective to repel certain bugs such as grubs, cutworms and wireworms. Predators of bugs that can live in your vegetable garden include ladybirds, spiders, praying mantis, lacewings and ground beetles.
Some common pests in the garden.
Red spider mite is a type of pest that affects tomato plants. It could be biologically controlled by introducing their predatory enemy, the Phytoseiulus persimilis mite.
Snails and slugs are easy to spot and control; there are many options to fight them. You could install copper barriers on your garden. You could just pick them off with your hand at night (they usually come at night). You could sprinkle them with salt. You could use beer traps. You could invite their natural predators (like hedgehogs and toads) to come at your garden.
This garden pest is quite difficult to fight. Their natural predators are parasitic wasps called Encarsia Formosa. The wasps will eat small numbers of white flies, but if the white flies is too many for thwm to handle, you’ll need to apply different method. You could use Jeyes fluid on your infected plants to kill white flies (Jeyes fluid contains natural plant oils).
Ladybirds are the natural predators of aphids. Plant marigolds to attract ladybirds to come to your vegetable garden
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