You work too hard to create a thriving garden for worms, borers, and other pests to wreak havoc with your harvests. But protecting your family from toxic pesticides is equally important.
Discover natural ways to keep your garden thriving and avoid chemicals that are harmful to your family and to other beneficial insects!
Natural Pest Control is a multi-faceted approach:
Learn several techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting to help reduce certain pests from returning to your garden.
Properly identifying the pests you're seeing will help you to properly treat the problem. This also helps you to avoid killing beneficial insects that your garden truly needs!
Use natural products such as neem oil and barriers to keep pests from destroying your harvests, and learn how to use them and in what amounts.
If you want to prevent or combat pests, you'll need to know what you're dealing with. Natural Pest Control for the Home Garden has a list of the most common pests, along with images to help you identify the bug or damage that you're seeing.
It can be difficult to tell if a bug in your garden is helping or hurting, so find out what common beneficial insects look like and how they can be an asset in your garden. You'll also learn how to create an environment that attracts these garden helpers.
Once you know what you're dealing with (or have dealt with in the past), then you're ready to begin planning for how you'll prevent pests through companion planting and crop rotation, as well as what to do if pest show up. Find helpful resources for environmentally friendly techniques to get rid of pests including sprays, powders, and good old-fashioned hide and seek.
Hey gardener! I'm Courtney, the owner and writer behind thekitchengarten.com, and I have been an avid gardener for years. But I distinctly remember the first year my husband and I had a garden of our own. That year we planted seven hills of squash (I had no idea that was a ridiculous amount for the two of us), and lots and lots of potatoes. Before long, my beautiful potato plants, which were once full of lush leaves, looked like green sticks coming out of the ground. Potato beetles were eating their way through all of my plants! And since my growing potatoes needed those leaves, I knew I had to do something. I snagged a bag of pesticide from our local hardware store and read the instructions. The warnings typed on the back of that bag scared me half to death. If I couldn't even apply the dust without being covered from head to toe while wearing a mask, what was it doing to my plants? That was my first move toward natural pest control. I knew if it wasn't safe enough for me to touch, that I didn't need to be spreading it all over my garden. It's been 13 years since that potato incident, and while I still struggle with pests some years, I've learned so much about how to plant well and invite beneficial insects and animals to my yard to help keep pests at bay. I can't wait to have you join me on this journey!
Will this rid my garden of all pests? If you put into practice both a proactive approach and some natural deterrents, you should see an improvement in the pests in your garden. It is not a guarantee that you won't have pests, because we're dealing with nature.
Are any of the natural pest control options harmful to pollinators? One or two of the treatment options listed in the book, such as diatomaceous earth, can cause harm to bees. However, avoiding blooms when applying, as well as applying at times when pollinators are inactive are safe ways to use these products.
Are natural pest control methods time consuming? No, many of the suggestions here are done over the course of a season and aren't meant to be implemented all at once.