Growing your own plants at home can have numerous benefits including giving you access to fresh organic produce which can reduce your spending considerably. Although keeping and maintaining your own organic garden certainly has its pleasures, it can also be an extremely challenging endeavor to undertake. For instance, because organic plants are supposed to be grown completely naturally, they should not contain any toxic chemicals or reside from pesticides.
No matter where you live, pests can have debilitating consequences to the health of your organic garden and they can be a nuisance for you particularly when there is a threat of infestation. Most individuals turn to conventional pest control options which typically involve the use of over the counter chemicals and harmful substances. However, there are various eco-friendly and safe pest control and extermination methods that are accessible to those looking for alternative options.
Natural pest control methods are also cost-effective, dependable and most importantly, they are entirely safe for the environment. Here are some natural pest control tips and tricks for you to try out:
Use floating row covers
You can use porous polyester fabric to cover your plants and create a natural barrier that can keep insects outs. The cover that you pick should be porous enough to allow sufficient air and sunlight. Floating row covers work well for plants such as cabbages.
Peppermint oil works wonders to repel pests such as ants and other smaller bags that manage to wander inside your enclosure. Place a few cotton balls that have been soaked in peppermint oil to deter pest infestations.
Rotate your crops
Crop rotation can help you prevent pests such as carrot rust flies from damaging your crops. Try and plant your crops in a different spot every year to keep pests from laying their eggs
Add good insects
Not all bugs are created equal; there are some good bugs that can actually help you to control harmful pests. Some good bugs that you can include are praying mantises and ladybugs.
Crushed egg shells
Placing crushed eggshells around your plants can keep slugs and other slimy insects at bay. The sharp edges of the shells will cut the slugs and kill them before they can wreak havoc on your leafy greens.
Make natural bug spray
You can make your own natural pest control spray using mashed garlic, mint and red hot peppers. Add a pan of water to the mixture and bring it to a boil. Let the mixture sit overnight and add several teaspoons of dishwashing liquid before spraying your plants.