Organic Materials You Can Use To Keep Your Garden Pest Free
If there is one thing we have learnt from the recent court case involving ‘Roundup’, it is that using toxic chemicals on your garden can be extremely detrimental to your health, in a variety of ways. Firstly, if you are administering the chemicals to the garden personally, there is a good chance that your health may be damaged from inhaling the chemicals. Secondly, the plants and vegetables that are exposed to unnatural chemicals could then be eaten by you, which would then put those chemicals directly into your body. Thirdly, any animals or insects that come into contact with the plants could also experience the ill-effects from exposure to the chemicals.
The important thing to remember is that there are other ways of assisting with weed and pest management, so it is worth it to do your research and to use alternative methods. The fact is that the Earth is more intelligent than we think, and it usually has all of the resources available for keeping it in good health. It is simply a matter of doing research and assembling the right ingredients at the right time, in the right place.
A quick internet search will give you access to a variety of recipes for natural home-made insecticide sprays that are useful for treating for mites, aphids and other bugs. These can be vegetable oil based, soap based, neem oil based, garlic based, chilli pepper based, or even made from diatomaceous earth (which is a natural insecticide.)
A key aspect of keeping your garden health and pest free is in applying preventative measures to discourage pests from stopping by to sample the merchandise. These might include removing weak plants, interplanting and rotating crops, ensuring that your soil is as healthy as it can be; also water early to avoid wet foliage for long periods of the day. Other methods include clearing the garden of areas where pests would set up camp and move in for the long stay, cleaning your tools regularly to prevent cross infection of pests and using a seaweed spray to discourage slugs.
Coffee Grounds, Copper and Citrus Rind
Believe it or not, but coffee grounds are an excellent deterrent for slugs and snails. They hate them almost as much as they hate copper. Lay a ring of copper around the base of plants or sprinkle coffee grounds on the soil to keep slugs and snails away. Alternatively, you could create a trap for attracting slugs away from your plants with a simple piece of citrus rind from a grapefruit or orange. The slugs will be attracted to the rind where they will feast until you remove them to your compost bin or another area away from your plants.