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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Troubleshooting Tomato Problems

Troubleshooting Tomato Problems

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes are one of the great joys of summer. However, sometimes diseases, pests or environmental stress get in the way of our tomato harvests. The best way to avoid tomato troubles is to start with healthy plants. Healthy plants are more able to fight off disease or pests than stressed or weak plants. Make sure that you provide adequate nutrients, water, space and sunlight for your plants. How you do that depends on your local climate. In some northern areas, you may need to stake the tomatoes in order to maximize sunlight; however in southern areas you may need to shade the plants during the hottest part of the day so they aren't scorched by the sun. Listed below are some of the most common tomato problems and…
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Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Growing Food
Although tomatoes are relatively easy to grow, there can be problems with a variety of tomato pests and disease. The most common tomato pests and disease Aphids - I wouldn't use pesticides when there is such an easy way to kill them. An organic way of dealing with them is to spray with soapy water. Greenhouse whitefly - use the same methods as for aphids. Potato cyst eelworm - rotate planting so tomatoes (and potatoes) are not planted in the same place every year. Tomato Mosaic Virus - symptons are mottled yellow curled leaves sometimes with brown steaks on the stems. The only thing to do is to destroy the entire plant including roots and fruit. Don't put it in the compost, it is better to burn it. Pototo Blight…
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Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Green lacewings — scientifically known as the Chrysoperla rufilabris — are aggressive aphid predators that have an appetite for other soft-bodied pests as well. Ric Bessin an Extension Entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture says, Green lacewings are an often under-appreciated group of beneficial insects. As with lady beetles, these natural enemies are important predators of many types of soft bodied insects and insect eggs. These insects are common in the spring summer and fall and their contribution to insect control is immense. The adult green lacewing is about 3/4 inch long, light green and has a delicate appearance with lacy wings. One unusual characteristic are its eyes, they look like two golden hemispheres. They are weak fliers and are commonly found near aphid colonies. The adults…
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Lure Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Lure Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Worried that miniature monsters like aphids, hornworms or corn borers will chomp a swath through your carefully planted garden this year? These insect pests can be the organic gardener’s worst enemy. But not all insects are harmful. In fact, so-called beneficial insects can help you fight the nasty ones. So nurture a balanced, biologically diverse environment in your garden and let nature help you with pest control. The use of insects to suppress other insects dates back at least to the fourth century A.D. when ants were manipulated to control citrus pests in China. Aphids, worms and caterpillars, spider mites, thrips, greenhouse whiteflies, flies, mealybugs, sweet potato whiteflies, mosquitoes, fire ants, grasshoppers and broadmites can all be controlled in this manner. There are basically two categories of insects used to…
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