Controlling Pests in the Organic Garden


| 6/19/2018 2:33:00 PM


When growing plants using organic methods, the job of bug killing becomes a unique proposition. Spritzing chemicals from a spray bottle or tossing toxic powder along your beds is not okay. No way, no how, are you going to add potential hazards to your otherwise healthy garden. But the bugs remain, and if left unchecked, will devour your precious bounty.

How to Eliminate Pests the Organic Way

Organic methods require you to be smarter than the bugs. Quicker than the fiends. You must be vigilant. Determined. And yes, skilled in the art of “dispatch.” Take heart sensitive souls, killing isn’t a requirement. We’re talking pluck and relocate, moving the invaders out and away from your garden. If they’re out of sight, your fruits and leaves will be safe. 

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For those with squeamish bellies, relax—you’ll get over any ill-feelings quite quickly once you witness the devastation wrought by these garden marauders. Incredibly, all your hard work and plant care can be reduced to stems in a matter of hours. Take the hornworm. This beast will consume an entire tomato plant in one chomping, much like the little fella in the storybook, The Hungry Caterpillar.

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Seriously. But the good news is that hornworms and caterpillars are easy to catch—albeit difficult to spot—and easily plucked from the vine. If slugs and snails are a problem, set out a bowl of beer. Seems they have an affinity for the stuff but find it easier to get “in to” than “out of.” Like many things in life, eh? Diatomaceous earth will wreak havoc on the insides of many garden pests and prevent them from consuming your plants while garlic spray works to repel them altogether. Neem oil is another good bet and widely available in most garden centers.

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6/20/2018 8:07:01 PM

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