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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Benefit and Value of Insects in the Organic Food Garden

Benefit and Value of Insects in the Organic Food Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better. This is a serious mistake. Over-use of pesticides has a number of adverse effects: It makes your food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time. It makes handling the plants more dangerous; beneficial insects, earthworms, birds, even pets may be harmed or killed along with the "bad guys;" each time the gardener sprays, she or he is exposed to the dangers of inhalation or absorption of the toxin; pesticides used near water may contaminate the water supply. Continuous use of certain pesticides may induce resistance in the pests, thus requiring the gardener to switch to more…
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Black Pepper as a Pesticide

Black Pepper as a Pesticide

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Organic gardeners have known it for generations. But scientists have now proved it. Extracts from black pepper discourage insect pests from laying eggs on leaves and pose lower risk to humans and the environment than other pesticides, according to a University of Ottawa researcher. Biologist Ian Scott and his research team have tested black pepper’s potential as a pesticide for use in Canada. And Scott recently presented their findings at the American Chemical Society’s meeting in New York. They found that pepper worked best with pine sawflies and caterpillars like the eastern tent caterpillar. It also worked better when insects were soft-bodied, during the larval stage. In fact, the pepper extracts were found to be as efficient as the synthetic pesticide diazinon, which is being phased out of use in…
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Beneficial Insects-Who are the Good Guys?

Beneficial Insects-Who are the Good Guys?

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Most people think only of pests when they think of insects. But, the beneficial insects found in gardens do not feed on or harm plants. The typical 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 a single host from eggs or larvae deposited by the adult.…
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