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.
Use natural pest control in the home garden to keep your garden thriving and avoid chemicals that are harmful to your family and to other beneficial insects!
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!