How Do You Control Pests With Organic Gardening?

How do you control pests with organic gardening? Organic pest control is completely non-toxic and it mainly involves insect repellant methods rather than actual pesticides. One method includes "sacrificial" gardening, which is the practice of planting crops specifically for insects to eat next to the cr.

Right off the bat, I tell people who really aren't even familiar with gardening that, first of all, when you are using a lot of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, you have to be careful not to burn your plants or poison yourself, your pets or your children. These products are chemical based, they also have a high pH, so you have to be more careful when you are actually fertilizing your plants because you can "burn" your plants with it. When you're putting out chemical pesticides, you need to use a mask and gloves and follow instructions to the letter in order to be safe. When you are using organic materials you can pour the whole bottle of the stuff on your plants and you are not going to burn your plants. When you are using a spray that is garlic or pepper based, you don't need any safety equipment to deal with health issues. If you have pets or kids around, obviously you don't want to have chemicals being strewn around.


We use bacterial sprays to kill the insects. For example, with caterpillars, we use a bacteria culture called BT, or bacillus thuringienosis bacteria and other bacteria to kill the caterpillars in about 12 hours. It gets into their digestive systems and kills them. So we just use different techniques for pest control. There are garlic and pepper based sprays that act as repellants, which works well along with sacrificial crops. You basically spray the organic repellants on certain crops and then leave a crop for the bugs to chew on. We also use certain gardening techniques like companion planting and sacrificial crops that help control insects. Butterfly gardening is an example of that. A lot of people have butterfly gardens, and they will have a sacrificial garden on one side of their butterfly garden, vegetable garden or flower garden. We use those repellants on the actual garden and we don't use them on the sacrificial gardens so that the bugs can eat those crops and not want the ones we are trying to keep.


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