Keeping Pests Away From Your Garden

Pests can be pesky little tomato worms or small animals, however, this is a beautifully humane way to allow every type of animal around your garden. Because ultimately any pollinators are welcomed and little animals should be too. The biggest warning is to never use pesticides… ever. Pesticides have been a leading cause in cancer in small children and adults that have been exposed to it. For example: RoundUp has been taken off the shelves in many stores because of the effect they have on humans who have developed cancer or disease from it. Just do not use pesticides around your home at all.

We will give you examples and ways to utilize nature’s ability to protect your vegetable garden or flowers from everyday pests.

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Here are a few organic/natural pesticides that you can use around your garden area:

Salt Spray

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By sprinkling some everyday salt into your watering can or a spray bottle, shake, and then begin spraying your mixture. That’s right! Salt spray is just salt and water mixed together; the barrier that forms allows plants to actually enhance their nutritional intake. Botanist found out that spraying salt water on plants allows the leafy greens to soak up magnesium more than just with regular water.

Eucalyptus Oil

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That’s right, eucalyptus can be used for pretty much everything. From medical, to tea, and now as an organic pesticide. But how does eucalyptus oil keep away bugs and larger pests? The strong smell actually pushes away an animal or insect from eating on the plant. You have to spray your plants very regularly to begin to see how pests do not touch the plant at all.

Garlic & Onion Spray

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The garlic and onion needs a bit of a recipe to create the perfect organic spray to keep any large or small animal away. Plus, garlic and onion are safe around your own pets and to help keep them away from messing up your garden. Now for the ingredients, take one small clove of garlic, a medium – normal size onion, peel both the garlic and the onion. Put them in a enclosed bowl or a bottle, let them soak with water for 24-48 hours. At the 12 hour mark add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix and shake. Then you can add a small pinch of dish soap to the mix. Spray this mixture on your plants and you can ensure no plant will be a victim to any pests.

Check Your Plants Every Morning & Evening

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By checking your garden every morning and evening, this allows for the hard work of an organic pest cleaning to happen. For instance, green tomato worms love hot heat or early morning heat. Go out with garden gloves and a small spade to pull the worms off of the tomato plants and place them on your garden spade. Then move them from away from your garden. This is considered the “old school” way of organic cleaning your plants.

The Biggest Pet Peeve Is Having Plants That Attract Even More Pests

Sometimes extra plants can be the culprit for bringing in more pests. This is a list of plants that you may want to avoid planting around or in your garden: Catnip, Goldenrod, Dill, Dahlia, Oregano, Cilantro, Fennel, and Roses. However, the good pollinators love Dill, Oregano, Cilantro, and Fennel. Roses tend to attract Japanese Beetles (these beetles have a green shine to their skeletal body and they will look as if 50 are on one plant). Sadly, while rose bushes are gorgeous they attract many many pests that are the “bad pollinators,” such as ticks, flies, and pretty much every beetle that will infiltrate your garden. If you want a rose bush its best to plant these away from your home and further away from your garden area.

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