If you have a green thumb, vegetable gardens are great ways to save money on your groceries. When you are growing your own vegetable garden, you will need to make sure that you protect it from garden pests. It’s best to do this in a way that is good for your garden and good for the environment. This article will give you some safe methods to use.
Some of the most common garden pests can be repelled by using certain herbs and spices. These can come from your garden or from the grocery store. You can use these herbs to create a concoction that will discourage insects from attacking your garden.
Here is a list of herbs you can use:
- Chopped mint
Add a small amount of Castile soap to the solution. This will enhance the insect-repelling properties of your herbs. You don’t necessarily need to add every single herb on this list. Experiment and see which combinations work the best in your area. This solution is non-toxic and effective.
Mineral Clay Spray
Mix together some water and mineral clay. You can spray the mixture on your garden. This solution is particularly effective against stink bugs as it will keep them from eating your plants and laying eggs. This means you won’t have to worry about their offspring later on.
Diatomaceous earth is a powder that is created using the skeletons of marine algae. This powder is non-toxic if you use only the food grade option.
This is a good option since it will kill the bugs without hurting people or your pets. Make sure you use it only when the area is dry. It doesn’t work when it’s wet.
Not only are ladybugs pretty, they are also a great help when keeping pests from attacking your garden. Ladybugs feed on aphids, mites, scales, and other types of bugs. You can purchase bags of ladybugs at nurseries. The only challenge is encouraging the ladybugs to stay in your garden, especially after they have eaten all the pests.
While ladybugs are a great solution, there are also other insects that you can enlist in your pest-killing army. Green lacewings (also known as aphid lions) are great for getting rid of unwanted garden pests. Lacewings will eat pretty much any type of bad insect that attacks your garden. When they are introduced to your garden, they kill off all pests without harming your vegetables.
If you don’t mind reptiles, lizards are great solutions for garden pests. They eagerly dine on any garden pests that are infesting your garden.
Trap plants are plants that can be used to distract garden pests from your precious vegetables. When it’s early in the season, you can plant a few of these plants and when they grow, they will lure the pests away from your garden.
There are numerous types of trap crops that can be used to entice garden pests away from your garden. Here are some examples:
- Radishes – Radishes are useful for luring flea beetles and root flies
- Chervil – Chervil is useful for luring slugs
- Nettles – Nettles are useful for luring aphids
- Nasturtiums – Nasturtiums are useful for luring aphids
These 7 tips will help you keep your garden thriving. If you apply them wisely, garden pests will not dream of attacking your garden.