1. Take Advantage of Pests’ Natural Enemies
Not all insects are bad. Insects such as parasitic wasps, ladybirds, spiders and ground beetles are all beneficial to a garden as they prey on pests. Look out for these garden-friendly insects and try to encourage them into your garden by planting pollen and nectar producing plants.
2. Use Barriers
Create a physical barrier to stop pests getting to your fruit and vegetables. There are a number of ways to do this but one of the easiest is to use a fine net. Position the net over your plants, leaving enough space for the plant to grow. Adding a cardboard collar around the stem of a plant and pressed into the soil an inch or so deep, will prevent cutworms and other burrowing insects from getting to your plants through the soil.
3. Companion Planting
Some plants produce natural insect repellents, very beneficial when planted next to crops, known as companion planting. Planting garlic among vegetables helps to deter beetles, aphides & spider mites; basil planted near tomatoes repels tomato hornworms; marigolds planted with squash or cucumbers repels cucumber beetles & nematodes.
4. Keep Your Soil Healthy
Healthy soil produces stronger plants that have better resistance to any damage incurred by insects. Before planting, turn over the soil and add organic matter such as manure or compost to supply essential nutrients. All products are available at www.naturallygreeenindia.com.
5. Hand Pick Larger Pests
Hand picking larger pests such as slugs, snails and caterpillars can be quite efficient, especially in a small garden. If you’re feeling squeamish, don a pair of gardening gloves. #Gloves are are available at www.naturallygreeenindia.com.
6. Crop Rotation
Crop rotation is the practice of planting different kinds of vegetables in different sections of your garden each year, which helps reduce pest infestation. Some insects like to spend the winter underground and reappear in the spring to search for food. If the plant they eat has been relocated, the insect is forced to move to the source of food, which puts them in danger of attack by birds and other insects. 7. Slug Beer Trap
Many garden pests can be lured into traps. A popular example is the beer trap for slugs and snails.
Many different types of pesticide are now available in stores to help combat and control unwanted pests in the garden; here are just a few:
Organic pesticides : Neem Oil : Neemastra etc : contains no chemicals but still kill unwanted pests, ideal for use on fruit and vegetables.
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