Organic vegetables are safer for your family, but can be expensive. Many people are growing their own fruits and vegetables organically. There are secrets to gardening pesticide free. Generally, it takes several of these tips to maintain a pest free garden.
- Don't discard broken clay flowerpots. Place these in the garden to encourage frogs. Frogs eat bugs including garden pests.
- Grow flowering plants in the vegetable garden to encourage ladybugs, wasps, and spiders. These insects feast on garden pests that may destroy a garden.
- Soak hot peppers and garlic in water over night. Remove the garlic and peppers and add a mild soapy liquid. Spray the mixture over plants to discourage rabbits, deer and other animals.
- Cut ¼-inch by 2-inch slits near the top of an empty clean plastic margarine container. Bury the container in soil leaving the slits just above ground near the edge of the garden. Pour beer in the container and replace the lid. The lid will keep out rain. Slugs and snails will be attracted to the beer and crawl into the container and drown.
- Bury small jars up to the neck of the jar at the edge of the garden. Pour beer into the jar to attract snails and slugs. Place a stick in the jar to hold the lid open yet keep rain from entering the jar. The snails and slugs will climb into the jar and drown.
- Place slivers of bar soap in nylon hose and hang from branches or sticks in the garden to deter deer.
- Plant buckwheat to attract hoverflies which feed on aphids and mealy bugs.
- Rub petroleum jelly on the base of fruit trees to stop climbing insects.
- The roots of a flowering marigold plant releases a chemical that is deadly to nematodes which feast on tomatoes and other vegetables. Plant a few marigolds among your vegetables.
- Consider staking down a netting material to cover fruit bushes and other plants to keep birds and some insects away.
- Spraying leaves with a mild soap water will kill aphids and other small bugs.
- Place sawdust around the outer edges of planting beds to keep slugs and snails at bay.
If you have other gardening tips, please feel free to list them below in the comment section. Happy gardening!
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