In “5 Steps To Grow Your Own Organic Garden” we talked about starting your plants outright, from how to sprout your seeds to how to protect tender seedlings. Today, we’ll give you some additional tips and tricks on organic pest control to help get your garden off to a good start.
1. Bugs don’t like garlic, onions, chives, or chrysanthemums so plant those around your main garden to keep the pests away from your plants.
As an added benefit, you’ll have some extra foodstuffs and pretty flowers for your further enjoyment.
2. Speaking of garden pests, do you know an easy way to get rid of slugs? Of course, you could just wait until evening and pick the little pests off your plants by hand, but you can also fill a small jar with cornmeal and place that on its side near your affected plants. Slugs eat cornmeal even though it is deadly to them.
3. Another way to get rid of slugs is to make a beer trap.
Get an old pie tin and plant it near affected plants. Be sure most of it is below the soil level so the slugs can just crawl right in.
Fill the tin with beer. Slugs will be attracted to the smell. All you have to do is toss them out and rebait your trap with more beer.
4. If you want to keep birds from eating your tender sprouts and seedlings, “plant” a plastic fork, tine-side up in the soil on either side of each seedling.
The birds can’t get to the plant without poking themselves on the tines and they’ll soon learn it’s not worth it.
5. You can also sprinkle used coffee grounds around your young plants to keep pests away and add further nutrition to the soil around the plants.
That’s it for organic pest control. Next, we’ll give you some more tips for your organic garden, especially for container gardens you might use in a more urban setting so stay tuned! 🙂
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