Organic gardening has become a very popular trend and itâ€™s one that not only benefits the environment, but also our family who will be eating the food! Organic gardening of course, involves the use of natural products and solutions and does not allow any chemicals into the garden. Once someone realizes the benefits of organic gardening including health benefits for your family, it is easy to grow and enjoy vegetables that are 100% naturally-grown. The biggest problem in an organic garden is controlling pests. While itâ€™s easy to spray on a chemical that will destroy these pests, there are natural solutions that will allow you to keep your garden organically pest-free!
Prevention is the key when it pertains to keeping pests from the organic garden. Itâ€™s easier to deter problems from arising rather than deal with it once it has gotten out of hand. The first thing you need to determine is whether there is an actual problem and how to deal with it. Remember that a few holes in one or two vegetables isnâ€™t severe damage and therefore, doesnâ€™t require severe attention. Even organic pesticide may be too harsh for something so small. A lot of pests donâ€™t remain in the garden, eating away at your plants. They generally tend to take what they need and move on. These holes donâ€™t automatically indicate a problem so watch it over a period of a few days and take action if it gets any worse.
You also need to make sure that your soil is in very good condition and the health of your organic plants. The quality of the soil should be optimum for an organic garden. This is a very important step to preventing pests from taking over your garden. The soil should not only be well-suited to the type of plant being planted but it should also have the proper pH level. A soil with a very good pH level is generally 7.0 pH. If there is too much pH or not enough, there are ways to adjust to add health to the soil. You also need to ensure that you are only planting healthy plants into the soil. If plants are diseased and withering when you place them in, they will not only attract pests but they will also negatively affect the quality of the soil.
If moths are a problem in your organic garden, lay down floating rows covers. Moths are unable to land on these and they also cannot lay eggs on these so moths will not be a lasting problem. There are also many stick traps available that will catch any number of winged pests. If worms and slugs are a problem, create foil rings that can be placed along the base of plants. These types of pests are not attracted to foil.
Also learn about what pests you want out of your garden and which you should be trying to attract. Not every pest means that thereâ€™s a large problem and some insects will also help your problem. Ladybugs for instance, love aphnids and will search your garden for them. Birds will also eat any grubs that they find in your garden and may happily come back for more!
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