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Pesticide Free Organic Gardening Secrets

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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  1. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Didn't you vote for yourself this time? I am the proud voter #1 :) Organic gardening is something I still need to learn a lot about. Only have a basil plant in a pot at my home!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Akanksha, thanks for the vote and comment. I think you voted while I was still proofing the article and sending out fb invites....thanks again!
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      1. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        Ooops...found one of the tips listed twice that I reworded and meant to delete the second version.
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  2. Jalenagraham
    Jalenagraham
    Great tips. The marigolds also help to keep dogs out. And, what in the soap keeps the deer away? Will Ivory or a natural soap work as well?
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      The deer do not like the odor of the soap. Ivory has a soapy odor so it should work. Sometimes a garden may require several methods to stop a persistent deer or other pest. So if one tip alone does not work try spraying leaves with a hot pepper/garlic spray. Another tip for deer that I did not list --- Remove human hair from a hairbrush and place in a nylon stocking and hang in the garden. Deer will think that there is a human nearby.
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  3. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    timely, handy tips. voted. many thanks!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Buddhas Delight! I appreciate the vote and comment!
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  4. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Ooops! Found a tip that I reworded and meant to delete...sorry the tip about the slug and beer is in there twice just different words.
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  5. Roopam
    Those are great tips...I wish I had a garden...voted!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Roopam!
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  6. SnakeWitch
    The only one I can think of is to spray with lemon juice because that keeps pets out, who can dig in your garden in another totally different way! I heard about the marigolds, but drunken slugs? Ha! Love it! Voted!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      The slugs are attracted to the beer...then drown. Thanks for the vote Snake Witch!
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  7. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Great post - thanks for tips. Voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Virtually Homemade! So glad to see you posting on the Flaming Vegan again! I had missed you!
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  8. Teresa
    Teresa
    Just voted Carolyn. Quite interesting. I have a question for you. could a person use their old butter containers to use for planing some seeds for a small garden in their house or apartment? If so, let me know. Will look forward to the package. Will keep you posted as to when I get it. Thanks for thinking of me with sending the package. Take care and talk with you later.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Teresa! A margarine container would be great for some herbs, but probably too small for most vegetables! Great idea for herbs though! Thanks again!
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      1. Teresa
        Teresa
        Carolyn, what types of herbs would you recommend for the container then? What do you think about the tub that ice cream comes in? Do you think, that it could be used for vegetables? During the summer time, I would wash them out and use them around here all the time. I even give some to my neighbor, that I am helping still. I let her use them for small items that she has, and don't want to get lost. Also, she uses them for grease, that she uses there in her kitchen before throwing it out.
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        1. Carolyn
          Carolyn
          Basil, mint or other herbs would be great!
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          1. Teresa
            Teresa
            Thanks for the tips there my friend.
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  9. dianabart
    dianabart
    Sorry- I am just getting around to reading this.. Awesome article Carolyn! Voted and shared! :-)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Diana! I appreciate the vote!
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  10. bluscarlett
    The tip on sawdust was very informative. I never knew it could be used like that. I loved the other tips as well, but that one struck me. Thanks.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks....I am just guessing that you might have some sawdust...if you didn't discard it. Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  11. kristo
    kristo
    More useful information! voted #11!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Kristo for the vote!
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  12. Sheila Ray
    voted :)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila! Stay in touch!
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  13. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #14. This is good. You do need the wasps and bees to pollenate the female flowers. Otherwise you don't get anything.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      The wasps also rid the garden of certain pests. Thanks Susan for the comment and vote!
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  14. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Great posts.....m ur follower now! :)
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