mom. Organic Gardening. February 07th , 2018.
Nature-friendly organic garden pesticides should contain zero harmful chemicals. When buying these kinds of pesticides, you should read the label first to ensure it has been approved by EPA. Some organic gardeners prefer to make organic pesticides by themselves. Let's have a look at some methods to reduce the utilization of organic pesticides in gardening, both homemade and commercial-grade products.
The biggest thing you can do to reduce the using of organic garden pesticides is by keeping your garden in healthy condition. It’s easier to control insects if you have a healthy garden. A healthy garden can attract beneficial insects to come, thus reducing the pest population. Another method is by planting early in the season. Earlier planting allows the plants to grow stronger, because insect population at that moment is still low. You can also do crop rotating to reduce the chance of your plants can get diseases.
Some organic gardeners choose to use homemade organic pesticides over the commercial-grade ones. They’re very "picky" about things that will be put in their gardens, which is understandable. They believe that organic pesticides that is commercially made are just as harmful as chemical-based pesticides. Homemade organic garden pesticides can be made from household products, like chili pepper, tobacco, and even from insects! Certain products work effectively on certain insects. Many gardeners prefer to use this, not only because they contain zero synthetic chemicals, but also are cheap to make.
Commercial-grade organic pesticides are approved by EPA to be used in organic gardening. So, make sure to check the label first to see if the product is EPA-approved. If you’re still not sure, look at the ingredients the product is made from. Organic pesticides should be made from animals or plants matter, and non-organic pesticides are come from minerals. According to some research, certain organic garden pesticides actually are more harmful than the non-organic ones. If you decide to buy it, be sure to always following all the guidelines, just as you treat any other chemical substance.
Organic garden pesticides is a wide conversation topic within the organic gardening community. Some choose to make it by themselves, the others are happy enough to buy the products. It’s up to you to decide which products are best for your garden. Keep in mind that a happy garden makes a happy gardener!
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