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Gardens are in full swing now and so might be garden bugs! What to do?

One of the reasons you grow a garden is to have fresh clean food with no chemical residues so how do you get to the garden bugs that are eating your vegetables before you can?

First, keep in mind that not all bugs are evil!  About 80% of bugs are beneficial, for example lady bugs and preying mantis eat other bugs that can damage your crop.  If you spray a chemical pesticide you will kill the beneficial bugs AND harm the birds that eat the sprayed bugs, too.

Second, really observe what the bugs are eating.  If they are only nibbling a few leaves but leaving the vegetable or fruit alone, let them nibble.  They are out of control if they are stripping entire leaves or plant stocks.

Below the video are some Natural Bug Spray Recipes and some non-spray alternatives to rid your garden of pests. Share how they worked for you.

Soap Based Spray

  • 1 Quart water
  • 1 Tablespoon Castile Soap
  • Optional:
    • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
    • or,  2 cloves minced Garlic
    • or,  2 teaspoons cinnamon

Wear gloves if using Cayenne. Spray on the entire plant (to include under leaves) in early morning or late evening. The spray is effective when wet so avoid applying it in the heat of the day when it will evaporate.

 

Non-Spray Alternatives to ward off pests:

  • Row covers that let in the sun, rain, & air but not the bugs, birds, or larger pests.
  • Grow flowers around and interspersed within the garden to draw beneficial bugs that pollenate and eat pest bugs.
  • Hang a pungent deodorant soap bar at deer nose level to deter the deer.
  • Hang reflective/shiny moving objects to scare off smaller mammal or rodents (like reflective tape, shiny CDs, tin containers, etc.).

Happy Natural Gardening!!

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