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Chemical Free Gardening

It can be soul destroying to find garden pests have eaten your plants.  Keeping your garden pest-free without using chemicals is not only better for the environment but also for your health.

Here are some natural and eco-friendly ways to control pests in your garden:

Companion planting: Planting certain herbs, flowers, or vegetables together can help repel pests. For example, planting marigolds can deter aphids, and basil can repel mosquitoes.

Attract beneficial insects: Encourage beneficial insects like ladybirds, lacewings, and parasitic wasps to your garden. These insects prey on pest insects and help keep their populations in check.

Use physical barriers: Protect your plants from pests by using physical barriers such as row covers, netting, or mesh to prevent insects from reaching them.

Handpick pests: Regularly inspect your plants for pests and manually remove them. This method works well for larger pests like caterpillars or slugs.

Create habitats for beneficial wildlife: Attract birds, toads, hedgehogs and other beneficial wildlife to your garden by providing water sources, shelter, and food. These creatures can help control pest populations naturally.

Practice good garden hygiene: Keep your garden clean and tidy to reduce hiding spots for pests. Remove debris, weeds, and fallen fruits or vegetables that can attract pests.

Use natural sprays: Make your own natural pest control sprays using ingredients like neem oil, garlic, soap, or chili pepper. These sprays can help deter pests without harming beneficial insects.

Rotate crops: Practice crop rotation to prevent the buildup of pests in the soil. Planting different crops in the same area each season can help disrupt pest cycles.

Mulch your garden: Mulching can help suppress weeds, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature. It can also deter certain pests and provide a barrier between them and your plants.

Encourage biodiversity: Plant a diverse range of plant species in your garden to create a balanced ecosystem. Biodiversity can help naturally control pest populations and promote overall garden health.


By implementing these natural pest control methods, you can keep your garden healthy and pest-free without relying on harmful chemicals which can destroy our pollinators and insects that are a benefit to our gardens.



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