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Five Ways to Keep Pests Away in the Vegetable Garden
Organic Pest Control Tips for Chemical-Free Gardening
- Get rid of all chemical products. YES, all synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and soil amendments! Synthetic fertilizers create a burst of growth that weakens a plant’s ability to fend off pests. Other chemicals kill the good bugs and creatures that keep pests under control.
- Grow a variety of plants, next to each other. For example, plant borage near your tomatoes to attract pollinators. There’s strength in companionship in the garden. By growing different flowering plants, including herbs, you attract a multitude of natural predators and pollinators that keep your garden in balance. Do not devote an entire raised bed to one type of crop. Plant other crops in between to mix things up and to confuse pests.
- Really look at your plants. Look for creatures, not fruit. Train your eye to scan an entire stem, flip leaves up and inspect them for tiny worms that do major damage. Admiring your plants gives you other benefits – you will see things you didn’t know you had in the garden.
- Encourage pollinators with native shrubs and flowers. Most pollinators have specific plants that they lay their eggs on. A perfect example of this is the monarch butterfly. It only lays its eggs on milkweed. The adult butterfly will eat other plants but the caterpillar will only eat milkweed.
- Know the difference between pests and friendly bugs and insects. Do you know what the different is between a squash bug and leaf-footed bug? Do you know what a lacewing looks like. Is she good or bad? This is key. Beneficial insects will eat caterpillars, aphids and other pests that can ruin your vegetables and fruit.
This 107-page eBook features amazing photos of fascinating creatures found in the garden along with fun, surprising and proven methods to control pests without using chemicals or even homemade pepper sprays.
ALL proceeds from the sale of this eBook go to our innovative school garden programs. The electronic book is offered on this website as an instant .PDF download and on Amazon in eReader format (can be read on virtually any eReader – not just the Kindle). The link to Amazon is coming soon! See the purchase button below to buy on this website or read more to see what you’ll find inside.
“I got a kick out of the close-up images, drawings and fun writing style. This book has a lot of information and is fun to read! My kids love it too and plan to show their classes some of the photos as part of a science show and tell.”
In the eBook:
- How pollinators and natural predators help keep pests away and what you can do to stay out of their business.
- Beautiful beneficial insects you should protect and how to do it.
- How to hunt tomato hornworms at night, trap whiteflies and easily weaken an army of aphids.
- The difference between many insect “look-alikes”. You won’t damage the friendlies ever again!
- How pests find the garden in the first place plus simple ways to throw them off.
- How much damage pests actually cause. Don’t waste your precious time on pests the ones that don’t matter.
- The difference between pool grade and food grade diatomaceous earth and why it is so important.
- Companion plants that deter aphids.
- What happens in your garden when you over fertilize with nitrogen and use “miracle” soil products.
- Difference between “kissing bugs” that can cause Chagas Disease and other assassin bugs that are beneficial to your garden.
- Flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables that attract bees.
- Difference between moths and butterflies.
- Plants that attract butterflies.
- Big mistakes people make when planting milkweed for monarchs and how to avoid them.
- Lifecycle and migration of monarch butterflies.
- Herbs that deer probably won’t eat. And keep the does from doing a job on your garden.
- Natural grasshopper predators and how grasshoppers have become gourmet human food!
- Squash varieties less prone to pest damage.
- How to raise a sphinx moth from a tomato hornworm.
- The most popular snail control methods and their pros and cons.
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