Organic Pesticide or Nothing At All

never use synthetic pesticides

Organic pesticide should really be your last resort—certainly, never resort to the chemical ones.

The organic vegetable garden should be planned in advance to establish natural pest control.

To start you off on the right foot be sure to maintain soil health and fertilize appropriately. Organic soil and organic fertilizer are essential—by that I mean chemical-free of course.

Sometimes poor maintenance or gardening habits can create a pest problem. There is a natural order of things and if we disrupt this natural balance by our actions, then Nature gets out of wack.

Next, create the perfect environment for your vegetables…

    • Choose pest-resistant and hardy varieties

    • Don’t crowd your veggies. Leave plenty of space between them.

    • Plant them in the best location for them to thrive (ie. sunny or shady spot, etc)

    • Mulch with compost . It is a great natural pest deterrent.

don't crowd your vegetablesbed of bok choy

If you do develop pests, research them. Study your pest. Watch and wait.

Find out all you can about the culprit and how to deal with it. Once you know what you are dealing with and the best action to take, you can start with the most natural solution.

Simply removing the pests or affected parts of the plant by hand might be enough to get rid of the problem.

some bugs are beneficial insects

You might have to bring in reinforcements. You can purchase beneficial insects to combat your pest at your local garden supply or nursery and/or through the mail.

If all else fails then break out the organic pesticide. Don’t spray if you don’t have to. Sprays kill the good insects as well the bad ones.

Types of Organic Pesticides

homemade pest control remediesThere are a lot of different types of organic pesticides that you can buy commercially, or make your own. Organic pesticides, or insecticides, can be made from oils, soaps, plant sources or living organisms.

Even though they are organic they can still cause harm to your plants in some cases. You should always test your solution or spray on a leaf before using on the entire plant.

There are four basic categories: insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, and herbicides. Click here for easy homemade organic pesticide recipes.

Tolerance and Patience

When dealing with garden pests complete elimination is not the goal. You merely want to get control of them at a tolerable level. And by tolerable I mean you must be patient. Yes, in organic gardening, patience is a virtue.

To be a successful gardener and to wean yourself off the use of chemicals, you have to understand that every insect serves a purpose:beneficial

    • food for other beneficial organisms

    • pollinationsome bugs are beneficial

    • decomposition

Take the High Road

I highly recommend steering clear of synthetic pesticides at any cost. Some of these toxic chemicals are poisons that not only kill insects but also wildlife and humans. They remain in the environment and animal tissue making exposure to them cumulative over time.

While there may be some chemicals that are not as toxic to humans, they still can be detrimental to other beneficial species in your garden.

Be safe. Don’t introduce toxic agents into your organic garden.

Note:This article is meant to be an introduction into organic pest control. Once you decide to begin your organic garden, get yourself a good reference book or organic gardening magazine.

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