Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Need to stop rabbits from eating your garden? It has been a tough season for animal problems in the garden. On Feeding Rabbits... Did you ever raise rabbits as a child? I would be willing to bet that some of you did! I'd be hard pressed to think of an animal I didn't raise! But I was responsible for what they ate, they depended on me for sustenance. Now, I guess you could say, they STILL depend on me, as judging from my peas and carrots, I have no idea what they'd have done if I hadn't grown them this year! Now they feed themselves anything they want... in my garden! I don't mind lending a helping hand, but there has to be some order here. Some feedback we got…
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The Slug – The Adversary

The Slug – The Adversary

Organic Pest & Disease Control
The slug... your adversary Slugs can be a very serious problem to you if you live in a moisture laden area of country. A single slug can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all; can turn a perfect plant into swiss cheese over night and return to the safety of his hideaway, leaving you to wonder what happened... As slugs wander about, doing their evil little slug deeds, they leave behind them a trail of slime which amounts to nothing less than a road sign for themselves and every other slug to follow to the grand feast. And wouldn't you just know it, slugs are hermaphrodites, they all have male and female reproductive systems. They can mate with themselves, and in the…
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Recipes for Organic Insecticide Spray

Recipes for Organic Insecticide Spray

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Use of organic insecticide spray is more friendly to the environment. They are comprised of common organic materials, soaps and occasionally other environmentally friendly materials. They are often home brewed recipes that you can make and save money along the way. Or, if you are not inclined to make up a batch of your own, they are readily available at most garden supply stores. If you have a "recipe" for home made insecticides or fungicides, please email us so we can share it with others! [caption id="attachment_2440" align="alignright" width="300"] make your own organic insecticide spray[/caption] Insecticide Garlic Spray: Ingredients: 1 Garlic Bulb 2 Cups Water 1 Gallon Water Instructions: Take an entire garlic bulb and two cups of water and blend in blender. Mix at high speed for 1-2 minutes.…
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Companion Plants Top 10 Best

Companion Plants Top 10 Best

Companion Planting, Gardening Methods, Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control
Some plants do better when in the company of other plants for a variety of reasons...to repel harmful insects, to attract useful insects, or to enhance the growth rate and flavor of other plants. Companion plants help bring a balanced eco-system to your garden. Every garden is different with different problems. All problems will not be eliminated, but it is definitely worth experimenting with companion plants. Below are the top 10 plant companion combinations. Tomatoes & Basil Both greatly improve the other's growth and flavor. Basil also helps control the tomato hornworm. Garlic & Roses Pests, such as aphids, are repelled by the smell of garlic. [caption id="attachment_1625" align="alignright" width="300"] example of companion plants[/caption] Horseradish & Potatoes Horseradish repels the Colorado potato beetle and blister beetles. Spinach & Strawberries Corn,…
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7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

Organic Pest & Disease Control
This beautiful infographic was provided by Organic Lesson. Be sure to visit and like him on facebook @OrganicLesson :) Handling pests is one of many battles that gardeners have to face on a day-to-day basis. Having a few garden pests does not hurt but if you let the population grow out of control then that may lead to all sorts of damage to your precious plants. One natural method that can help prevent a pest outbreak is by introducing beneficial insects. This is the act of introducing insect predators that prey on the garden pests. Some of these insects, such as spiders and praying mantis, you may have already heard of. In the following infographic, you can learn about seven insects that can help control the population of common garden…
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Squash the Squash Bugs

Squash the Squash Bugs

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Squash bugs are seriously damaging pests. Seriously squish them before they get a foot hold! I abruptly encountered squash bugs for the first time when I came home from a 2 week hiatus from my home garden. My beautiful squash were all wilted over, yellowing, and SICK. As I drove up and saw them I didn't take a suit case out of the car, I ran, literally, to the garden to have a look see. If you have ever had a squash bug infestation, you know what I mean when I say that there were quite literally hundreds of the ugly little cretins crawling on every other inch of my 12, four foot high (or were) yellow crook neck squash and zucchini plants. [caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignright" width="300"] "Baby" squash bugs[/caption]…
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Beneficial Insects…Who are the Good Guys?

Beneficial Insects…Who are the Good Guys?

Organic Pest & Disease Control
[caption id="attachment_1086" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Assassin" bug eating a potato beetle larvae.[/caption] Most people think only of pests when they think of insects. But, most insects found in gardens do not feed on or harm plants. The typical Oklahoma backyard contains hundreds of species of insects, yet only a fraction can even be observed because many are microscopic and/or hidden below ground or within plant tissue. Most are just "passing through" or have very innocuous habits. Others actually feed on and destroy pest species, while others help decompose plant and animal matter, or act as plant pollinators. Beneficial insects can be categorized broadly as either predators or parasites. During development in both adult and immature stages, predators actively search out and consume their prey, while insect parasites develop in or on…
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Lady Bugs – Hippodamia convergens

Lady Bugs – Hippodamia convergens

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Everybody's Favorite Bug! The Lady Bug Works Hard! Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects. Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insect pests and it has been demonstrated that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Ladybug adults have a very characteristic convex, hemispherical to oval body shape. Both adults and larvae are predators, mostly of aphids. There are almost 500 different species of lady bug in North America alone, nearly 5000 world wide. Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals. A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime. Not all Ladybugs have spots. Ladybugs will clean themselves…
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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Quick Facts... Many disease problems can be prevented or controlled without pesticides. Always choose plants that are adapted to your local growing conditions. Avoid bringing diseases into the garden or moving them around within your it. Eliminate the disease-causing organism after it has become established on a plant. The Garden as Ecosystem Twenty five years ago, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) seemed a utopian dream to mainstream agriculturalists. The idea that plant pests could be kept at acceptable levels without large amounts of chemical pesticides ran counter to everything they had been taught. But now IPM is embraced by nearly everyone involved in the field. What has caused this turn around? Chemical Miracles First... When chemical pesticides were first introduced in large quantities in the 1940s, they were seen as miracles…
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