Pests in your garden can be a serious nuisance. It’s understandable to want to get rid of them, and it’s important that you do them the right way – organically. Gardening itself is one of the most organic things you can do, and it would be a shame to ruin that by bringing in unnatural pesticides just to keep your plants alive a little longer. Thankfully, there are natural solutions for keeping your plants looking great!
- Think With Your Nose
When you walk into a kitchen where somebody is cooking garlic or onion, the smell immediately hits you. For most of us, it’s a welcoming, appetizing smell. However, pests tend to feel differently. Permaculture, a sustainability magazine based in the UK, recommends creating a “spritz” of garlic water and spraying it on your garden. The smell is strong at first but fades away to the human scent before long. Its effects last for some time, though.
2. Get Physical
Another great option for pest control is to simply make a barrier that will block out larger pests like birds or small critters. A bird lover at the Vermont Garden Journal recommends simply placing tall stakes around your garden area and then using a netting over the stakes to create a barrier around them. The netting has to be porous enough for water and sunlight to hit the plants, but small enough that animals can’t get through. There’s nothing unnatural about it!
3. An Oily Solution
Another natural solution is using various oils, including mineral oil. Researchers at Colorado State University have found that different oils can have tremendous effects for your garden. If you’re suffering from a particular pest, there may be a specific oil that can deter it from feeding on your plants. Plus, oils leave little residue and therefore have minimum impact on the area. Some natural, beneficial insects like ladybugs even scatter before oil is applied and return with no ill effects.
4. Spice Things Up
Just as spicy food turns away a lot of sensitive stomachs, chemicals found in spicy ingredients can also be used to deter pests. The SFGate suggests creating a spray out of chili powder to scare away any unwanted insects or rodents. The reasoning is that the taste and smell are simply too strong for pests to handle, and they want no part of it.
If you want your plants to grow pest-free, take a look at some of these organic solutions. The term “pesticide” has a negative connotation to it, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, some of the best remedies are waiting in your kitchen pantry! All it takes is a combination of a few pieces and some kind of applicator, usually just a spray bottle, and you’re good to go.
Now you’re free to enjoy all the great benefits of a flourishing garden. Good luck!
Author Bio: Frankie Little is a pest control consultant who has seen all kinds of pests come and go. He has extensive knowledge about organic pesticides, IPM techniques and pest control, especially with Birchmeier backpacks and power sprayers.