Natural Garden Pest Control Podcast 8

Episode 8 Organic and Natural Pesticides for your garden

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Hello Hello and welcome to the Simple Organic Guide Show – where we talk about everything and anything in the natural and organic living space.  

I’m your host Jan Davis coming to you from the Southern Tier of Western NY.

Today is Episode 8 –  Natural Pest control in your garden.

Thanks for hanging out with me It’s June 14th, 2018.  And it’s definitely a sunny windy today.

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So, Are you sick and tired of sharing your garden with pests and bugs? Me too. Are you determined not to use chemical and non-natural means in your garden. Me too

And good for you. 

You are never going to keep your garden completely pest free – it’s the nature of growing good food. The bugs want some too. But today you’ll find out about 6 solutions that will help you gain control over pests in your garden without alot of expense and without harming your food or soil.

There are several barrier methods, as well as sprays and additive you make yourself. 

The first one fencing. Fencing fencing fencing and more kinds of kinds.

If you’re dealing with pests that are large like rabbits or deer, creating a safe gardening area with a fence is very ideal. If it is rabbits or other animals that digs you can create a metal layer underneath your garden, so that when the rabbit burrows underneath your wire to your fence it has a hard time coming up. This also works really good for Moles as well. THen what you would do is simply dig down several feet in your garden and lay the wire. Be mindful a rabbit can burrow pretty deep and out. Another solution for rabbits is give them some food on the outside so they really never want to go in.

If you’re dealing with an animal like a deer If it is an animal such as deer that jumps over large fences, your best bet is an even larger taller fence they can’t jump over.

Sometimes adding motion lights to the outside of your fence can help too. But remember the light will go on for every creature or thing that blows in the wind.

Number 2.  Use Epsom Salt in the Garden

No, you’re not going to take a bath in your garden. You are going to bathe your garden with Epsom salt. Epsom salt is made from the minerals magnesium and sulfate, which combats bugs. Magnesium and sulfate also help your garden soil absorb much-needed nutrients.

An Epsom salt mixture can deter and rid your garden of bugs and beetles. You can use Epsom salt either as a diluted spray or as granules in your garden.

To make Epsom salt spray: Mix one fourth cup Epsom salt with one gallon of water; then pour into a spray bottle. Spray lightly on your affected plants.

To make Epsom salt granules: Lightly sprinkle Epsom salt around the base of affected plants. Apply every few weeks as needed.

3. Create a Beer or Salt Ditch

If you have slugs and snails are these slimy pests with the reputation of being slow movers. They may be slow however, they can destroy your garden almost overnight when left unchecked. These pests eat through large leaves and will destroy small leaves and seedlings completely.  There is an easy way to get rid of garden snails and slugs that doesn’t include a flashlight and salt shaker each night. Don’t laugh when I lived in the Pacific Northwest I thought about doing this.

You can make a slug and snail ditch trap around your garden using salt, beer or a beer substitute.

First, you’ll create a beer or salt ditch trap: Dig a ditch about four inches wide and four inches deep around your garden. Cut garden plastic into a six and a half inches wide strip and three inches longer than your ditch. Place the plastic into the ditch, covering the walls of the ditch. Where the two ends meet fold the joining seam together several times sealing the ends.

Once you have your barrier created pour your beer, salt, or beer substitute into, so it’s a few inches deep. If you must you may drink some of the beer out of the can first but I wouldn’t drink it out of the ditch.

If you’re using salt, Make sure salt cannot run into the garden area when raining and it will ruin your soil and garden. The slugs are attracted to the smell of yeast and sugar and go to the ditch for a drink. They will either drown in the beer or substitute when drinking or move away from the ditch. They won’t normally go through the ditch to your garden. If you’re using salt when the slug goes into the ditch with the salt the slat literally dissolves them. It’s kind of gross, but salt and slugs don’t get along very well.

If you’re going to use the beer substitute: You’ll mix it in this manner. Mix one cup water; one teaspoon sugar; one teaspoon flour; a half teaspoon dry yeast. Mix it up and pour it into the barrier. 

Number  4. Spray Apple Cider Vinegar

You can use apple cider vinegar ( or ACV), make sure you’re using organic apple cider vinegar and all organic ingredients. You’re going to create either a deterrent or trap or a spray.

As a spray: Mix in a spray bottle mix a half of cup ACV with one and a half cups water, and one teaspoon organic dish soap. Spray onto the affected plant’s leaves, stems and around the plants themselves.

As animal deterrent: Soak rags in undiluted ACV, then place them around your garden. You’ll repeat this when the rags no longer smell like vinegar. Make sure you keep rags from directly touching plants to prevent plant damage and they do stink a little bit.

As a fruit fly trap, say that 3 times fast. Fruit Fly Trap. ANyhow to create a fruit fly trap start with a clean tin and mix the following ingredients. A half a cup of ACV, with a fourth cup of sugar, one tablespoon of molasses and one cup of water. Hang the cans in your fruit trees. The mixture attracts and kills fruit flies, preventing them from reproducing and laying eggs in your tree and on your fruit.

This mixture also works well in a small container I like using a small glass jar and I set them indoors next to my fruit. Then the fruit flies that do get in and decide to hatch, they go directly into this concoction and not flying around the kitchen

5. Basic bug spray

When you start these insecticide sprays with organic ingredients and dish soap you’ll have a natural bug spray. It’s not going to hurt your plants or soil.

You can make a basic soap spray which controls aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Mix one tablespoon of liquid soap with a quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your garden and you can also use it inside.

Another option is an onion garlic cayenne paper spray: controls cabbage worms, aphids and other insects. Combine a quart of warm water with one minced clove of garlic and one diced medium size onion. When the mixture cools mix in one teaspoon cayenne pepper and one tablespoon liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake it all up and then spray affected plants in your garden.

Another basic spray is called a baking soda spray: helps control mildews and fungus. Mix one gallon of water with three tablespoons baking soda and one teaspoon organic liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and spray affected leaves.

And the last one is a Citrus spray: Helps repel white flies. Combine two cups of orange and/or lemon peels in four cups water.  Bring water to a boil, then let steep until cool.  Pour liquid into a spray bottle. Spray on affected plants.

If you like essential oils then substitute the whole fruit with several drops of orange and lemon essential oils into warm water. If you’re using essential oils make sure your spray bottle is glass, not plastic.

To prevent plants from burning, only spray any of these homemade insecticides in the cool morning or early evening. You don’t want to spray them and have the sun bake down causing havoc.  These natural insecticides work safely with nature, lets you keep more of the garden for you and less for the bugs. And it doesn’t harm anything.

The final way for today number 6 is to create a barrier for the bugs. I read about an organic gardener that put a paper bag over every apple to avoid bigs. I thought about this and to me, it was really not feasible. And would it keep the bugs out?  They were apples they would grow, but it is a great idea. But what you can do is there are breathable material you can find at garden centers, greenhouse suppliers, and tractor supplies which rain and sun get through but not bugs. We’ve used some of this over our garden so we have more grapes.  This worked pretty well, but you do need to tie or hook the barrier to the bottom of the bush or into the ground so the bugs can’t get in and stay in.

Hopefully, now you know a few more ways to control bug in your garden. Don’t forget some bugs are good and are your friends. If you have frogs for instance let them stay in your garden because they will eat many of the bugs you want gone.

Next time you see too many bugs in your garden try one of today’s tips for a natural organic garden without all the bugs. At least without all of them and without harming your organic garden or soil. When you try one let me know how it’s working for you. Comment below.

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