Natural Insecticides for a Vegetable Garden
Tired of struggling to keep your vegetable garden alive, and fight off the pesticides war? Here are some easy tips on using natural insecticides that will help you win over this war!
Usually, those who are growing a vegetable garden are not prone to use chemical pesticides, because it might damage the vegetable and become a serious threat to those who eat them. So, if you are struggling with pest infestation on your precious garden, here are some natural non-toxic ways to win this war! There are several ways to keep the pests away, and they include different methods, using other plants that are natural pest repellents, using other organisms to drive the pests away and to use other natural methods, in other forms. Let’s review each of the type more closely.
1. Plant Remedies
One of ideas to make a natural insecticide is to use Pyrethrum, which is a botanical insecticide extracted from a species of chrysanthemum native to Kenya and Ecuador and works well against many soft-bodied insects. Another solution is to use Rotenone, which is extracted from the roots of the derris tree of Asia and the cube tree of South America. It is worth noting that rotenone is harmful to fish. Among other plants that can save your vegetable garden are marigolds, which releases a substance that’s a natural nematode repellent. Herbs, such as mint and basil can help you dealing with pests, as well. A popular way to drive the insects away is to plant a companion that naturally insect-repelling. Such plants include onions, for instance, repel several species of flying bugs.
2. Biological Control
Biological control is to include other organisms to fight with nasty pests. Such organisms might include Bacillus thuringiensis is a naturally occurring bacterium that causes diseases in insects. Among other organisms are insect-attacking nematodes and predatory ladybeetles, spiders, and wasps. If you have an opportunity to include some little pond into your garden, it is also a very good attraction for the frogs, and now frogs can help you with some of the pests.
3. Other Forms of Control
Among other forms of control is to use diatomaceous earth, which is an odorless, nontoxic, white powder made of fossilized shells of minuscule organisms. The diatomaceous earth may appear like fine flour to the human hand, it is sharp and abrasive to insects, and thus cuts through insects’ protective wax coating, causing them to dehydrate and die. Slug is the most common problem in the garden, so diatomaceous earth which provides a border around plants that snails find too sharp to crawl over. Sprinkle it around plants early in the growing season, right after planting.