As an organic gardener you shy away from the use of chemicals in your garden and instead rely on natural treatments and remedies to keep your garden tip top. Pest control is no different and you can do this without resorting to the usual commercially available pesticides. You can undertake your garden pest control naturally.
Natural pest control products such as various sprays and powders can be obtained from your local garden centre. For example a bacteria spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle as appropriate on to the plant. Insects will eat it and be poisoned though this can take some time to take maximum effect. Another spray alternative is horticultural oil. When used it is designed to basically suffocate insects.
If you decide to use an organic spray as insect treatment it may still be harmful to you or your pets so do be absolutely certain to read the application instructions very carefully and follow them. You may find that the best time to apply the spray or powder treatment in your garden is the early evening as things are cooling down and troublesome insects may be less active.
Did you know that birds and ‘good’ insects can help you with your pest control as well as the sprays we mentioned above. That’s right – nature itself can help you if you let it.
Birds eat insects. You can make your organic garden bird friendly quite easily by for example putting a bird bath in there, perhaps a feeding table or a nesting box or two. Anything that will encourage birds to visit and do what they do naturally which can help to keep those annoying pests at bay.
Ladybirds shouldn’t do you any harm either and will probably find their way to you all by themselves.
Depending on your location and if you have a water source then you might attract the odd frog or lizard in to your garden for some additional natural pest control and bug bashing. If you do not have a naturally occurring water source you can make one simply by placing a large dish of water in to your garden. If any frogs or lizards find it they might just hang around for a while and chomp through some bugs for you whilst they are there.
Slugs are everywhere. You will almost certainly have to factor natural slug control in to your organic garden maintenance schedule. Slugs can be hard to get rid of and until they do, if you have them, they can cause a significant amount of damage to your plants.
To control the slug presence using only natural remedies there are a number of steps you can take. The first one may surprise you. Slugs like beer. Or rather are attracted to it. A trick you can employ is to bury a small pot in the garden up its neck – for example a jam jar – and place some beer in to it. Slug smells the beer and crawls in to take a nip. Only it cannot crawl back out and drowns in the beer. Not a bad way to go I guess.
If you can get it, seaweed used as mulch can help to repel slugs as well as decompose naturally and nourish your soil. The salt content is what the slugs do not like. And on the subject of salt – this is perhaps the most common form of natural slug control for the organic gardener. Slugs leave a trail behind them as they slither around. Sprinkle some salt on the trails you find and directly on to any slugs you see. This will dry them up and kill them. Do not go wild with the salt though – just use enough – or you could damage your soil.
And there we are. A quick look at some natural methods you can use to keep on top of insects and other unsavory guests you do not want in your garden. And by using them you are sticking firmly to your principles as an organic gardener and not reaching for the chemical alternative.
I hope you found this article of interest. You might also consider building a wormery in your garden planning. It is quick, easy, cheap and can save you money. Start to produce your very own natural compost using the power of the simple garden worm. Here is a free ebook on the subject which you can download to get you started on your wormery.
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