Your Garden – Organic Pest Control

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hummingbird_blueflowerIf you can’t wait to get outside on a sunny day or even an ugly day consider that you have a true passion for gardening. If it’s your goal to find ways to protect your plants from weather conditions so you can enjoy them the following spring it’s safe to say you love gardening. The desire for free organic vegetables alone makes you a gardener, but being organic is not as easy as we wish it to be.

Do you prefer to mow and be done with it or do you want an sitting area with flowers  to relax and read?  How many garden areas do you want to maintain?  Do you want indigenous low maintenance or drought tolerant plants?  Do you want to plant annuals for seasonal color in the ground or in pots? Organic pest control has an effect in all your yards, from lawns to pots.

No matter the answer to the above questions gardening is subjective to each individual’s personality like a piece of art work.  Personally I take every opportunity to get in my garden; rain or shine I like to work hard, feeling the texture of my soil alone tells me volumes of information.  Afterwards I take great pleasure sitting back with friends and neighbors enjoying it with a cold drink.

I know so many people who maintain what they have and wish they knew more but don’t know the best place to start because of so much plant loss due to insects.  “Insectory” good bugs versus bad bugs and the sooner you get the good bugs in your neighborhood the better protected you are in protecting your plants,  fruits and vegetables.

Natural pest controlGrowing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control is the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf.  Rodale has been the category leader in organic methods for decades, and this thoroughly updated edition features the latest science-based recommendations for battling garden problems.

If you start planting early bloomer flowers to attract beneficial insects early in the season, even before your crops are in, many of the important beneficial insects, like hover flies and lacewings, feed on pollen and nectar as adults. By providing flowers early in the season, you will invite these insects into your garden in time to unleash their predatory offspring on your aphids and mites.

The insectary should include plants of varied heights such as zinnias and sunflowers. Low growing herbs like thyme and oregano give ground beetles a place to hide. Taller flowers, like daisies or cosmos, beckon to hover flies and parasitic wasps looking for nectar.  Praying mantis will hide between the plants in a well-planted insectary.

So grab your garden book and start planning those flowers now.

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Happy Gardening~



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