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Natural Pest Control in the Organic Garden

Natural Pest Control in the Organic Garden

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An all natural approach to controlling pests in the garden.
An all natural approach to controlling pests in the garden.

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Published by: leekfixer on Jan 23, 2011
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Controlling pests the natural way

There ARE 2 KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PEST CONTROL

‡ 1 - GROW A HEALTHY PLANT
2 - DEVELOP BIODIVERSITY IN YOUR GARDEN

GROW A HEALTHY PLANT
‡ DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SOIL FOOD WEB ‡ OPTIMIZE NUTRIENTS AVAILABLE TO THE PLANTS

‡ 1- DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SOIL FOOD WEB

‡ DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SOIL FOOD WEB

- COMPOST - MULCHES - COVER CROPS
Herbicides and pesticides kill soil microorganisms

‡ OPTIMIZE NUTRIENTS AVAILABLE TO THE PLANTS

- GET A SOIL TEST - GARDENING IS AN EXTRACTIVE PROCESS. REPLACE NUTRIENTS REMOVED BY HARVESTING

DEVELOP BIODIVERSITY IN THE GARDEN
‡ BUGSCAPING ‡ BUILD WILDLIFE HABITAT

‡ BUGSCAPING
- PLANT SPECIFIC PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BENEFICIAL INSECTS - ALLOW SOME CROP PLANTS TO FLOWER - MANY ³WEEDS´ ARE GOOD BENEFICIAL INSECT ATTRACTORS

‡ EXAMPLES OF GOOD BUGSCAPING PLANTS

Smartweed

Cilantro

Yarrow

Parsley

Chives

Ground Ivy

‡ POLLINATORS

‡ PREDATORS

‡ BUILD WILDLIFE HABITAT
- SHRUBS PROVIDE HOMES FOR BIRDS AND PREYING MANTIS - ROCKS PROVIDE HOMES FOR TOADS, SNAKES AND LIZARDS - LOGS PROVIDE HOMES FOR BEETLES

A STRATEGY FOR MINIMIZING PEST DAMAGE IN THE GARDEN
‡AVOID PESTS AND DISEASES ‡ATTRACT BENEFICIAL ORGANISMS TO HELP US ‡ANTICIPATE POTENTIAL DISEASE AND INSECT PROBLEMS ‡OBSERVE THE GARDEN FOR SIGNS ‡INTERVENE USING METHODS THAT ARE LEAST HARMFUL TO US AND THE ENVIRONMENT

‡AVOID PESTS AND DISEASES
- PLANT DISEASE AND INSECT RESISTANT VARIETIES

‡ATTRACT BENEFICIAL INSECTS TO HELP US
- PRACTICE BUGSCAPING

‡ANTICIPATE POTENTIAL DISEASE AND INSECT PROBLEMS
- TIME PLANTINGS TO AVOID PESTS
- USE YELLOW STICKY TRAPS TO MONITOR FOR PESTS - USE ROW COVERS TO EXCLUDE PESTS

‡OBSERVE THE GARDEN FOR SIGNS

SQUASH BUG EGGS

SQUASH BUG LARVAE

ADULT SQUASH BUG

LADY BUG EGGS

LADY BUG LARVAE

ADULT LADY BUG

‡OBSERVE THE GARDEN FOR SIGNS

SQUASH LADY BEETLE

LADY BUG

TRICHOGRAMMA WASP COCOONS ON TOMATO HORN WORM

APHIDS

APHID MIDGES

MEALYBUG DESTROYER

‡OBSERVE THE GARDEN FOR SIGNS

COLORADO POTATO BEETLE EGGS

COLORADO POTATO BEETLE LARVA

COLORADO POTATO BEETLE ADULT

GOLDEN TORTOISE BEETLE

ASSASSIN BUG

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY LARVA

‡OBSERVE THE GARDEN FOR SIGNS

UNKNOWN EGGS

UNKNOWN INSECT

UNKNOWN INSECT

SOUTHERN BLIGHT ON TOMATO

EARLY BLIGHT ON TOMATO

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY IN SQUASH

‡INTERVENE USING METHODS THAT ARE LEAST HARMFUL TO US AND THE ENVIRONMENT

- INTERPLANT CROPS TO CONFUSE INSECT PESTS - HAND PICKING
- INSECTICIDAL SOAPS, NEEM OIL - BIOCONTROLS - BT, NEMATODES, B. SUBTILIS - ORGANIC-APPROVED CHEMICALS - USE BRASSICAS IN A ROTATION TO HELP W/ DISEASE CONTROL - SURRENDER

WEED MANAGEMENT
‡REDEFINE ³WEEDS´- SOME WILD PLANTS HELP US BY ACCUMULATING NUTRIENTS OR ATTRACTING BENEFICIALS ‡MINIMIZE TILLAGE ‡DO NOT LET WEEDS GO TO SEED ‡USE MULCHES TO SUPPRESS WEEDS ‡USE COVER CROPS TO SUPPRESS WEEDS

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