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Organic Pest Control For Gardens

 

Companion planting for organic pest control

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Discover real organic pest control methods for your garden that have been proven for years to  actually work.

In this article you will reveal some organic pest control techniques using tools straight from nature which is much more effective over time than the expensive patch products we are about to cover.

First  off I would like to see what the definition of “Organic” is so we can get a clear understanding.

According to Googles own dictionary the meaning of the word organic is recorded as follows;

1.”Related to or derived from organic matter”

2. “(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.”

The reason I am bringing this up is because there are many people asking the question of “what is the best organic pest control?”

. I find a list of answers that are answering this question which happens to be the top website page  on googles own search engine which is the  the page ranking number one for best answers.

I find “floating row covers” as the top best item listed for organic pest control. 

These row covers are made of polyester.

Since when is polyester an organic material?

Back when I was a kid studying textiles in grammer school  this fabric was described as a   synthetic material made by man.

Although the floating row covers can be a great product to help in the garden to keep pests away from the plants keeping them beautiful for resell purposes, it is not organic and it’s a patch rather that a remedy.

We will still have the pest issue and  need to take control the pests.

They are being somewhat misleading only to sell these expensive  products.

I also see insecticidal soaps  which may or may not be organic and their are high possibilities that you can  burn and damage your plants if you mix these formulas wrong.

The list goes on but for the scope of this article I will end my rant right here.

I wanted to get some clear understanding of what we are about to discuss here which is real organic pest control using natures tools.

If you want to know about real techniques and effective methods for organic pest control that has been used for hundreds of years just keep reading. 

What Is The Best Organic Pest Control?

 Insect pest infestation can be one of the most destructive things that could happen to your prize vegetable  or flower garden besides soil disease.

Using some sustainable organic pest control methods would be your best bet for battling these insect  infestations over time.

In this article I will be explaining some organic pest control methods that have been proven to work and if applied correctly will become a long term solution to pest issues.

Do your research these organic methods to get the most out of them.

There are many sustainable ways that we as gardeners can avoid many pest issues just by planning ahead. There are many homemade so called pest control remedies out there,but honestly only a small few actually work for long if they do at all.

When plants are weak or sick they put out a certain frequency that attracts the predator insects to them. This is a different frequency than they put out when they are healthy and thriving.

 So what I am saying  is the bugs are attracted to unhealthy plants.

 When plants are not well the insects come to clear out the weak plants for mother nature. It’s nothing more than survival of the fittest.

In nature the weak get taken down first to make room for the strong.

It is our job as gardeners to give our plants that we are growing the best possible living conditions that is in our control. Mother nature does the rest.

Experienced gardeners know that we are at the mercy of the weather conditions that we are given and bad weather is one of the main causes that weaken the health of our  garden plants. We can only do what we can do.

Below are some gardening tips for pest control you can use to greatly reduce the amount of pest attacks to your garden plants.

Build Healthy Soil To Grow Healthy Plants

The first step would be to give your plants the best growing medium available  which is the best thing we can do to help our plants thrive and lessen overall pest attacks.

Compost used in our garden beds would be the first things recommended to give your plants a healthy growing medium which the plants roots can now expand easily allowing larger healthier plants and also allow them  feed on the the necessary nutrients that the living life forms create contained within it.

Worm Castings added into the compost supplies additional living bacterial and fungi to the already rich compost for more nutrients and minerals that is used for feeding your plants to provide optimal plant growth.

The importance of using these 2 composting methods together from a fresh supply that  you can make on site are the keys to getting all the microbial life needed to perform this task. Just mix into the top few inches of your garden bed soil a week or two before planting.

When buying ready bagged store products you really don’t know if the bagged ingredients that you  buy are pure or if they still have living life forms left in them. This is a risk we take when not creating the product our self.

If you have to buy bagged products only buy the O.M.R.I listed products,at least you know they are trying to be on the level with you.

It costs a lot of money to get this listing and everything used in the making of the product is tested to be organic.

Minerals added to the mix can always be done which is always best. Soil tests can be a timely process and can get pretty expensive.

Guessing what minerals your soil lacks is never a good idea and why not just put as many as you can in from the beginning. Your plants will use exactly what they need and leave the rest.

 Rock dust minerals are the first item I would apply.  Dust the surface of your growing medium then water it in well. This will supply over 70 minerals to your garden bed which is well over the amount your plants need to take in. 

The rock dust will supply your plants with any mineral that they need to thrive with no guessing involved.There are multiple brands like Azomite ™ or Elemite , are a couple of brands off the top of my head that you can access easily online.  

There are  many other brands just be sure they supply all the trace minerals you will need for  your garden plants.

Burning hardwoods from your property or in your fire pits and saving their ashes is another  way to get a number of minerals to add to your soil.

 Biochar is the name of the product that they use these days and can be purchased at any of the garden centers but hardwood ash is cheap to make and the wood is easy to access while providing basically the same results as the biochar. Just take hardwood ashes after it cools and apply a medium layer to your garden bed and water in.

Following these guidelines to the best of your ability to provide the soil to give all your plants the best chance of survival and optimal health and avoid most pest attacks,

Alternative Growing Ideas For Less Insect Attacks

Growing your garden plants in rows is not a great idea when it comes to insect pest problems.. Growing in rows is just creating an all you can eat buffet for predator insects.

 The insects arrive at the weak plant destination and spend  their time hopping to the next plant down and the next laying their eggs along the way until you have an infestation.

Why not make it hard on the predator insects and more confusing?

Why not plant in blocks instead of rows and add companion plants in with you garden plants. Mix the plants you would normally plant in a row into multiple small blocks throughout your garden making it harder for  the predator insects to find. 

Pick companion plants your known predator insects like then mix them in with your garden plants. Plant your blocks with a variety of plants that grow well together to keep the insects confused.

 Instead of the insects destroying your plants they will now be attracted to the companion plants they like better where their predators will be waiting for them. 

Try mixing in some edible flowers to your garden, most have a lot of food value while attracting beneficial insects and adding beauty to your garden.

 The pests stay away from your plants while feasting on other companion plants nearby they like better.

 The beneficial insects  that the companion plants attract that will  feed on them now show up for a feast.

 Win win situation! 

Companion planting can be a little confusing but with some proper research and application it can be  very rewarding.

Tobacco is a stunning looking easy to grow plant that will act as a magnet for most insects in your garden or yard areas. A couple of these plants in your garden will go a long way in your pest control efforts. The plants are sticky to the touch and once the pesky bugs land on the plant they normally  do not leave.

Tobacco plants are a very beautiful plant that will add attraction to your garden area while taking up a majority of the small  insects.Use caution when gardening with small children these plants are toxic when eaten.

After the tobacco plants mature and end their life cycle comes to an end you can dry them out add to water to make a pest control spray for your yard and other trees shrubs and plants.Always test spray small areas first to make sure your solution doesn’t burn the plants.

Neem Oil used as an organic pest control is a safe effective way to eliminate bug problems throughout your yard and garden.

Neem oil for a natural insecticide is a completely safe method to use and will make a big difference reducing the insect pest populations in your yard and vegetable garden.

If you are considering this option be sure to buy only 100% pure cold pressed neem oil and closely follow the directions when it comes to mixing and application of the product. 

 It is a waste of time and money purchasing products containing percentages of Neem oil because they contain such a small amount, I’ve seen reports that most of them don’t  work very well.

Change Your Planting Schedule 

Another way to help combat the pest problem is to change your planting schedule a little to avoid the infestation problem. Like everything else in nature these pests have a life cycle that peaks a certain  time of year. If you have been at this awhile you should have a pretty good idea when they show up. Adjusting your schedule to avoid their peak times would be a great option.

 Sometimes it works better to plant some spring crops later toward the fall when these pest life cycle has played out or they just moved on.

Here where I live in East Texas we have some pretty major bug problems due to all the rain and to be honest I have had some excellent fall garden crops while my spring crops had been devastated by pests.

One last pest issue I want to mention is the bird issues when it comes to tomatoes I have experienced a heavy loss in tomatoes due to birds feeding on them while they are still green.

I understand throughout the south this is a major problem so we have to pick early and let them ripen indoors sacrificing the quality and taste.

Through research I see people having good results using  netted produce bags to cover their clusters of tomatoes and birds won’t touch them. This is a great idea but not all tomatoes grow in clusters.

Bird netting is a good option to prevent the tomato loss for those of us who have tomatoes that do not grow in clusters. We can  drape the netting over our plants and the birds are scared of being caught in the net so they leave the tomatoes alone.

It is always a good practice to inspect your plants everyday if possible for eggs laid by predator insects and removing them by smashing them with your fingers or washing them off with high pressure water from your hose.

 

Conclusion

Follow these organic pest control tips above to prevent insect invasion and make your gardening life a little easier. If you already have a pest issue you may want some pest and disease control products that can help you now.

 Most products we can buy these days at the big stores are designed to get you to keep buying over and over again to insure corporate profits.These tactics lead to soil contamination over  time especially with harsh chemical pest control products and fertilizers and are not sustainable. Be careful who you buy from.

Follow some of these methods for organic pest control for your garden to get  positive results when it comes to less pest damage.  Keep on the lookout for more sustainable practices you can follow to insure a safe productive healthy garden over the years to come.

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