Nowadays, pesticides are widely used in the agriculture industry but surprisingly, we home gardeners make up a bigger percentage of synthetic pesticide users. To be clear, we use around three-fourths of the total chemical pesticides used per year. These can have negative effects on the surrounding environment, not to mention they contaminate the water supply.
But that’s not all, chemical-based pesticides can be harmful to use on the produce you grow in your garden. So why not consider stopping using pesticides altogether? Here’s something to keep in mind now and for next spring. Combat those pesky aphids and snails through organic pesticides and unique gardening techniques.
Keep Your Rows Away From Compost
It’s true that your beloved compost pit is the most resourceful asset of your garden, but if you intend to keep pests away from your precious vegetables and plants, then make sure to plant your rows away from the pit. That’s because your compost consists of biodegradable waste, which is mostly food matter, and that’s what attracts them in the first place.
Clean Your Garden Often
It’s important to keep your home clean so that it stays bug-free, and the same standard applies to your garden. Make sure to pick any vegetables or fruit that is fully ripe, because otherwise it’ll fall and rot, which attracts more pests.
Incorporate Row Covers
If you’re growing in rows, then an effective way to keep flying pests away from your product is to implement the use of row covers. It protects vegetables such as cabbage and is breathable at the same time so that you don’t compromise on growth, and keep loopers and moths away.
Use Neem Oil Insecticide
Finally, an insecticide you can spray on those awful pests. Neem oil is a natural insecticide that can kill pests whether they’re fully grown adults or larvae. You can purchase neem oil insecticide from any gardening store or make it at home. In one quart of water, add two teaspoons of fungicide neem oil and a little bit of mild soap. Shake the spray bottle well before using the mixture on the plants that are affected.
Use Insects That Eat Other Insects
Using the power of the ecosystem, you can effectively get rid of pests from your garden. After doing a little bit of research, you can learn about what species to keep in your garden to help keep pests away. Insects like lady beetles and the praying mantis are both effective at keeping your garden healthy.
Grow More and More
I’ve always reminded you to broaden your perspective and grow more than just a few types of produce in your garden, not just because it’s fun, but it keeps pests away too. A diverse garden is like a confusing maze for pests like snails or aphids because nothing stays the same as they move. This prevents them from settling in one place and then reproducing.
Using these methods, you can grow any kind of produce you like, without worrying that it can attract harmful bugs to your garden.