Spring is well on its way and Summer is fast-approaching, as a gardener, your focus should shift from planting to protecting your harvest. Pests can prevent you from enjoying the bountiful harvest you have been planning on and the best way to avoid damages caused by these insects is to prevent them from coming in the first place. Having a healthy garden is the best resistance. Choosing which organic method to use in your hydrogarden is necessary in creating a healthy environment for your plants. And we all know that a healthy plant yields a healthy harvest!
While most conventional pesticides are safe if used wisely and according to label directions, why use toxins in your hydrogarden if there are alternative options? Organic methods can be very effective when used preventatively or before pest populations become too large. Unfortunately, organics are less effective when used after a pest population has become large and well established, so it’s best if you try to implement them early on. For best results when using organic pest control methods, it is important that you spend time observing your hydrogarden and implementing cultural methods that work in harmony with organic solutions. Cultural methods include appropriate plant selection and placement, soil quality improvement, proper watering methods and overall hydrogarden maintenance and cleanliness.
The following is a list of potential pests that can ruin your harvest.
Be on the lookout for them:
- Leaf Miners
Getting powerful allies like the following natural predators seem to be the best solution to combat these pests. What makes this a viable solution is that it not only control the nuisances but can get rid of them forever:
- Predatory True Bugs
You can also incorporate these Insectary Plants into your hydrogarden to attract the allies to help you fight off these pests and help your garden grow:
Taking these preventative steps can ensure that you keep the pest infiltration to a minimum. However, if you still end up getting them, there are home-made remedies you can use which involve non-toxic ingredients that will work as well.
A few to try:
For aphid and mealybugs, mix 1 tbsp. of canola oil with a few drops of Ivory soap into water and place in a water bottle and spritz on the plants.
For lawn grubs, use milky spore, which are tiny granules spread on the soil. This will make the bugs contract diseases that will kill them.
For mites and other insects, mix 2 tbsps. of cayenne pepper and hot pepper sauce with a few drops of Ivory soap into water. Let steep overnight and spray onto plants as necessary.
For fungal disease, mix 2-3 tbsp. of baking soda into water. Put in a spray bottle and spray on the affected areas. Continue to do this until the problem clears up.
For powdery mildew, pour equal amounts of water and milk. Pour the solution in a spray container and spray on the infected plants.
The best time to use these home-made remedies is in the evening when the sun is low in the sky. This will prevent your plants from getting “cooked”. Spray liberally and don’t miss the undersides of the leaves and make sure they come into direct contacts with the pests to get the best results.
For overall prevention, maintaining a clean garden can also help. Take out any weak or drying plants, as these may be infected and attract predators. Take out any debris that can cause disease and make sure you keep the leaves dry, trim them as necessary and genuinely take care of your plants like any other living, breathing God’s creation you may have. Doing so, it will certainly promote a healthy harvest and isn’t that what we all want? Bountiful harvest can be yours if you prepare and use a little preventative maintenance. Good luck and if you have any other questions, we will be happy to answer them for you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-324-3785.
Good luck and happy gardening!