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Natural Pesticides 5 Ways To “Naturally” Eradicate Your Garden Pests

Natural Pesticides Can Eradicate Garden Pests

One of the biggest causers of run-off pollution is pesticides, leading to various health problems and cancer when consumed. They may work, but at what costs? If you want to maintain a healthy garden, one free of pests, then using a chemical pesticide is not the answer, the best advice is to use natural pesticides.

 Natural pesticides are a healthier, safer option. What do natural pesticides consist of? Their ingredients usually originate from trees and plants, meaning they produce fewer side effects and humans can safely ingest them. Crop rotation is one natural method of gardening and doesn’t require spraying anything.  

If your goal is to eat better and healthier, a garden using natural pesticides is what you need. What are some natural “pesticide” options to consider?

Companion Planting 

If you want to do companion planting as a natural pest control method, you’ll need to do some planning before you begin. The goal is to find plants that protect other plants. For example, basil helps to protect tomatoes from flies and mosquitos. Do not plant tomatoes near potatoes, as any potato disease will destroy the tomato crop.

Diatomaceous Earth 

Diatomaceous Earth comprises of fossils ground together. When you have applied this to your garden, any pests that walk on it experience micro-cuts on their body. These micro-cuts will lead to dehydration and death. You can either directly apply the Diatomaceous Earth to a plant or mix it with water and spray onto the plant. 

 Word of Note – Thoroughly wash the foods to remove the Diatomaceous Earth. 

Handpicking

Handpicking bugs off any plant you see is the most natural pest control you can do. While it’s a bit tedious and laborious, there are no chemicals or risks to the plants. To speed up the handpicking method, you can use a small hose of a shop vac to suck the bugs up. However, some plants are delicate and may not withstand the force a vacuum can generate. 

Horticultural Oil 

With horticultural oil, you have the option of a dormant (vegetable-based preferably) oil or summer oil. Summer oils are best when trees still have their leaves. Dormant oils are designed to kill bugs that were dormant in winter and should be used after the trees have lost their leaves. 

Two things: 

  • Test the dormant or summer oil in an inconspicuous spot before you use the whole thing. 
  • Wait until sundown to apply either oil (never do it in direct sunlight).

Neem Oil 

This oil comes from the Azadirachta Indica tree seed, which has a long history of use as a natural pesticide. However, you need to know how to correctly before using the neem oil on your garden.  

  • Higher doses of neem oil can kill certain plants. Make sure to apply a minute amount to each garden plant to see the reaction. 
  • It can lead to plant burns. This can happen when the neem oil is applied during high sun times or has been sprayed in excess. 

Read the bottle’s directions thoroughly before using and use during the evening hours (sunset). In small doses, neem oil is not toxic to humans if consumed. 

As you see, there is no reason to continue to use chemical-filled pesticides to have a beautiful and “healthy” garden. You can keep your plants safe from bugs and damage using a natural method such as companion planting or neem oil. Which one is best to use depends on the effort you want to put forth: (handpicking) or eating before you clean the fruits and vegetables.  Put away the toxic, potentially lethal chemicals and go natural instead!

Steve Hodson

What started out as an intention to grow my own food for economic and environmental reasons has turned into a passion and a mission to share my research and knowledge with as many people as possible. Its one of the most satisfying healthy things I have done leaving a great feeling of self achievement and independence.

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