Effective Prevention Which is Chemical Free for Vegetable Garden Pest Cotrol
Before you reach for the insecticide sprayer to attack pests in your vegetable garden, try some of the lower-impact methods to reduce problems from harmful insects and diseases without risk on health on vegetables exposed to chemicals.
If an insect or disease does get out of hand, treat it effectively without disrupting the other life in your garden, which includes everything from good bugs to birds. Control measures may be as simple as handpicking and squashing snails, or knocking off aphids with a strong jet of water from a hose.
Plants to help one another
Companion planting makes the most of the beneficial effects that plants can have on each other and on pests. Aromatic compounds in roots, leaves and flowers or secretions from parts of some plants can act as effective deterrents to many common pests.
As well as protecting against pests, companion planting results in fewer weeds as deep-rooting plants grow alongside shallow-rooting plants, compact plants with broad leaves alongside thin-leafed plants. This means there is less room for weeds to take hold.
Growing carrots with leeks, garlic or onions is a tried and tested combination, with the companions protecting each other in turn against carrot fly and onion fly.
When planted between strawberries and vegetables, onions and garlic also help to protect against fungal infections. Strong-smelling winter savory protects dwarf beans against blackfly, whereas nasturtiums help to protect tomatoes and fruit trees from greenfly and the woolly apple aphid.
When planted among vegetables, secretions from the roots of pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis) and French marigolds (Tagetes patula) help to deter eelworms.
Planting celery between cabbage plants drives away cabbage white butterflies, so that they look elsewhere for a place to lay their eggs. And the aromatic leaves of sage also deter cabbage white butterfly as well as being offputting to snails and ants.
Often, a pest problem in a garden can be averted before it actually becomes a problem.
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Published by Graeme Stephens owner of Pest Control Auckland and has proudly been providing the following professional services since 1987: pest control, fly control, flea control, insect, cockroach, wasp, bee, flies, fleas, bed bug control, ant control