In search for a way to effectively get rid of plant pests and bugs without having to bother yourself with dangerous chemicals? I have the solution for you. Did you know that a vegetable garden infested with pests can prove costly? Not just in terms of money, but also in terms of time and effort. Handling these pests requires extensive knowledge how to destroy them and avoid future ones. There are easy pesticides that can deal with all these things. Even kids can use them safely. Try these methods and take care of your veggies naturally. When we see pests or bugs in our garden, we want to get rid of them right away…but when we think about how plants grow naturally and many pests keep plants free of disease, eliminating pests altogether might not be the smartest move. So it’s important both to consider using natural pest control methods that won’t harm your favorite veggies and which are more environmentally friendly.
Natural Pest Control For Veggie Garden
Pick pests off and drop in a bucket of soapy water.
If you have pests that can be removed by hand, such as aphids or caterpillars, pick them off and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. You can make this yourself by adding ¼ cup of dish soap to 1 gallon of water. It will kill the insects on contact and won’t harm any other plants or animals that happen to wander through it.
For example: If you have an aphid problem (they look like tiny green bugs), pick off all the ones you see with your fingers or tweezers and drop them in your soapy water bucket. There is no need to spray pesticides!
Use row covers and netting to keep insects out of plants.
Row covers are a physical barrier that can be used to keep insects out of plants. They protect plants from insects like cabbage worms, aphids and beetles. Row covers can also be used to trap heat and promote faster growth in the garden, or they can protect plants from frost by creating a micro-climate around them. If you don’t want wildlife in your garden, row covers can keep them out as well!
Plant companion plants to deter pests.
One of the most effective natural pest control methods is to pair plants with companion plants. The theory is that some pests dislike certain smells, colors, or tastes, so when you plant different types of plants together, they’ll attract different pests away from each other. For example, cabbage and broccoli are both members of the brassica family; however, cabbage has a stronger smell than broccoli (which may deter aphids) while both have the same color leaf (which may deter flea beetles).
For more information on when to plant which companion plants together in your vegetable garden see this chart: https://www.gardeningknowhow .com/edible/vegetables/harvesting/companion-planting-chart
Attract beneficial insects that eat the pests.
One of the best ways to control pests is by keeping their populations in check with the help of other insects. Beneficial insects, like ladybugs and praying mantises, are predators that eat pests and lay eggs on plants to kill them. You can attract beneficial insects to your garden by planting flowers that they like to feed on. For example, bees love dill, while butterflies like lavender and fennel. You can also plant trees and shrubs that provide habitat for these helpful critters as well as water sources such as bird baths or small fountains so they have places where they can drink when it’s hot outside!
Move your most vulnerable plants inside at the first sign of trouble.
Move your most vulnerable plants inside at the first sign of trouble. If you don’t have an indoor space for them, move them to a greenhouse or shed, or into a cooler and darker part of the garden. This will help protect your plants from pests and any diseases they carry while they’re out in the elements.
Practice crop rotation.
When you rotate your crops, you are preventing disease and pests from building up in the soil. For example, if you have a problem with root knot nematodes in one area, then the next year you should not plant peas or beans there. In addition to rotating root crops like peas and beans with legumes (e.g., alfalfa), it is also important to rotate leafy greens (e.g., lettuce) with other leafy greens like spinach or kale; plants that require more water than others but not necessarily sunlight; plants that have similar nutrient requirements; and plants whose pests are similar as well (see Figure 1).
Try homemade pest repellants.
- Try homemade pest repellants.
- Try to use natural repellants.
- Make a homemade pest repellant using the following ingredients:
- Fill a spray bottle with water, add 10 drops of peppermint oil or 1 cup of hot sauce (hotter the better), 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid such as Dawn. Shake well before each use to ensure that all ingredients are blended together properly. This mixture is safe to use on fruits and vegetables and will not harm humans or pets if they come in contact with it after application to plants. You can also mix together equal parts vinegar and water in another spray bottle as an alternative option for general bug control around your property or yard outside of vegetable gardens but within easy reach from where you’re working inside them (such as near doorways).
Make a soap spray and use it periodically throughout the season on all foliage, paying special attention to the undersides of leaves.
- Make a soap spray and use it periodically throughout the season on all foliage, paying special attention to the undersides of leaves.
- Soap sprays are easy to make. Mix one cup vegetable oil, one tablespoon mild liquid detergent, and 1/2 teaspoon horticultural oil (such as neem oil) in a quart of water. Test this solution on one plant before spraying it over your entire crop; some plants may be sensitive to soaps or detergents.
- Soap sprays work well against aphids, spider mites and whiteflies but not against caterpillars or beetles that chew holes through leaves—and they should not be used when weeds are present because they may kill desirable plants as well as weeds!
Using companion planting, cover crops, and other organic methods can help you keep pesky bugs at bay when growing vegetables organically
Companion planting, cover crops, and other organic methods can help you keep pesky bugs at bay when growing vegetables organically.
Companion planting is a method of garden design in which plants are grouped according to their beneficial or harmful effects on each other. The goal of this practice is to encourage beneficial insect populations while discouraging pests by increasing the availability of natural enemies or by making them less attractive to these insects. For example, tomatoes and basil can be planted together because they are both repulsive to aphids; however, tomatoes and cabbage should be kept apart because cabbage worms would prefer cabbage over the tomato plant.
Cover crops are grown mainly to protect soil from erosion or damage caused by heavy rainstorms but also provide benefits like weed suppression, nitrogen fixation (when legume cover crops are used), pest control and improving soil structure in conjunction with regular cultivation practices like tillage (soil cultivation). In some cases it may also enhance nutrient cycling by providing an additional source of organic matter for microorganisms within the soil profile such as earthworms which then break down any available nutrients left over from previous cropping seasons into forms that plants can absorb
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