Are you searching for an effective solution that'll keep those annoying pests away from your precious vegetables? Are you tired of the regular chemical pesticides and you want something more natural for your garden? Organic pest control has proven to be not just cheaper, but safer and better than many other pest control procedures.
Organic sprays can be made with simple products that can be found right in your kitchen, it's so easy to make and yet very effective. In recent years, many gardeners have embraced a healthier garden experience with organic pest control. I'm sure you want to be part of this!
And I'm willing to help you as well. Right here, you'll be learning how to create organic pest control sprays for a vegetable garden. I've also included 3 powerful tips that'll keep you a step ahead of these unpleasant pests.
Which Is Better; Organic Vs Other Pest Controls
If you've been searching for ways to control pests and reduce health and environmental risks, organic pest control is for you. These days, a lot of gardeners are fast switching to the organic lifestyle to prevent allergies, grow healthier vegetables and protect their younger children and pets.
Generally, organic pest control methods can be more efficient than regular pesticides. In fact, most pest control companies are now using organic methods in their professional services. In the long run, organic pest control will save you a lot more money unlike the quick fix chemical pesticides will give you.
Although both organic pest control methods and regular pesticides are effective at keeping pests away from your garden, they work differently. While chemical pest control methods may seem to work a lot faster, they may be harmful in the long run. On the other hand, organic pesticides work effectively if given the time and efforts required. That's why you may need to apply them several times to get results.
But here's the catch, if you've eventually decided to ditch buying vegetables sold in the markets and grow them yourself for you and your family. Won't it be great to grow them naturally? Won't it be nice to live that healthier life you deserve? Won't it make more sense to avoid harmful pesticides?
If you've finally realized that a safer and healthier life is completely worth your time and effort, then, I'm happy for you! You can decide to get some of these organic pesticides in the market or simply do it yourself. It's not a hard task, here's how you can do it faster.
A Step By Step Guide To Creating Organic Pest Control for Your Vegetable Garden
There are several remedies for different pests. So the key is to find out which pests are bothering you and make an organic pesticide that'll deal with them. Sounds good right!
There are numerous organic pesticides available. But here, I'll be leaving you with a recipe that has got a lot of ingredients that'll work for tons of pests.
We'll be using household ingredients like onions, mint, and cayenne that repel these pests far away from your garden. You'll be surprised how these disturbing pests can be easily killed by simple and safe ingredients laying around your home.
Organic all-in-one bug spray
Garlic, onion, and peppermint oil are very powerful ingredients that pests hate. You can use them to create an organic pest control that'll effectively drive away garden pests such as beetles, leafhoppers, and spittlebugs.
What you'll need
- 1 medium-sized onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Peppermint essential oil
- 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons of natural liquid soap (Avoid liquid soaps that contain bleach or any harmful chemical)
Peel your garlic and onion, then puree them with the cayenne and peppermint oil.
Now, strain the mixture and allow it to stand for a few hours, some gardeners leave theirs to soak overnight.
Simply pour the mixture into a fine container and add in the two tablespoons of soap and 2 cups of water. Then, mix the solution very well.
Now, pour this mixture into a spray bottle. Your organic pesticide is ready for use! Spray it on the affected areas 1-2 times a week to keep bugs away. You can even reserve the remaining in the fridge.
Organic oil spray
This oil spray would be great to ward off pests like spider mites, aphids, and whiteflies that'll give anything to suck the saps of your plant. This amazing mixture would make a perfect homemade oil spray that'll keep your garden pest-free.
What you'll need
- Vegetable oil
- Natural liquid soap (Avoid liquid soaps that contain bleach or any harmful chemical)
- Baking soda
Making an oil spray doesn't require much, simply mix the ingredients properly. Use a cup of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. After mixing the ingredients, pour in a glass of water and mix thoroughly.
Don't bother letting the mixture sit for some time, you can instantly pour the mixture into a spray bottle and get to work. You should use this spray once a week to keep the pests away.
What you need to know about organic pest control
Before applying organic sprays in your garden, be sure it's something you want to do and make sure the damage the pests are causing is really a problem. Just like chemical pesticides, organic pest control would get rid of all bugs, this includes other helpful insects like ladybugs and bees that help out in the garden.
Make sure to try out your organic spray on a small portion of your plant first, it could be just a single leaf. Find out if there are any negative results, if there's none, you can now fully use it on the entire plant the next day.
As at the time you make your organic spray if you're not ready to use it, keep it in a dry and cool place.
I usually spray my plants before the sun comes out in the morning. You should do this to prevent burning or damaging your plants. You know, sprays with oil don't go well with intense heat.
Be careful not to apply too much of these sprays to your vegetables. You don't want to end up with a slightly different flavor. Only use this for the portion of your plant that is mostly affected.
Tips For Keeping Pests Out Of Your Garden
While garden pests are almost unavoidable, there are a few tips that can help you keep them in check. You want to avoid creating a pleasant environment for them by taking the 3 powerful steps I'll be discussing with you here.
First, give your plants the best growing condition
Water your plants frequently and do it in the morning. This way, you make your plants less prone to pests. Watering your plants in the morning time keeps them healthier and prevents them from being damp in the evening when pests love to strike.
I've found out that these pests mostly attack weak plants, frequent watering will keep your plant from wilting and make them yield more. Plus, take your time to remove dead or diseased leaves, if they are not removed they'll become an attractive site to pests. Do you know what else could be attractive to these disturbing pests?
Weeds! yes, these unwanted plants can provide a convenient spot for pests in your garden. So you should take weeds off as soon as you see them.
Space your plants
I used to own a small garden in my previous home, and I love to grow my fruits and vegetables organically, so then, I always squeezed a lot of vegetables into a small space. I felt I'll get a lot of yields that'll last me for a good time. But guess what? I got just what I attracted, a lot of pests- snails, slugs, and more.
If you've been doing this and you're struggling with pests, then when next you are planting try spacing your plants. It'll do you more good! Trust me, your vegetables will get more airflow and you will easily notice any pest before it causes much damage.
Several plants can deal with your pest problem for you. Aromatic herbs like citronella, lemongrass, and basil will ward off annoying critters and also attract their predators. If you ask me this is a great strategy, find a good spot in your garden where you can plant these herbs, they'll save you a lot of stress.
What is the best organic pesticide for vegetables?
There's no perfect pesticide, like I said earlier, what is important is choosing a pesticide that'll effectively drive out the pests you have. However, neem oil is one powerful organic pesticide that seems to work for many pests.
You may want to try it. It acts against a good number of garden pests by disrupting their life cycle and preventing them from feeding on your vegetables. You can find this active pesticide in garden stores, make sure to follow the instructions on the container and effectively spray the affected areas.
What are organic pesticides?
Organic pesticides are mixtures that are made from natural substances or ingredients. They are mixtures made from simple and natural soaps or ethanol.
I'm sure you are so surprised at how simply all of this is. And I'm so happy I'm able to put you up to speed with organic pest control. If you are taking the pain to grow your vegetables, then you deserve the very best of them.
I wish you a healthier and better garden experience. You can purchase already-made organic sprays if you don't think you have the time to produce one yourself.
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