In a conventional garden, these pests are dealt with differently than in an organic garden. To combat pests in a conventional or non-organic garden, powerful insecticides are frequently utilised. These toxins affect all living things, including plants, beneficial insects (yes, there are lots! ), your soil, and you and your family, as well as accumulating and leaking into groundwater.
1- Manual elimination is the first step in organic garden pest control.
This is by far the simplest and least expensive method, however, it is not suitable for all pests. Early in the morning and late in the evening, go out into your garden and handpick all the pests you observe eating away at your prized plants, such as aphids and lily beetles. Squash them or soak them in soapy water in a jar.
2- Spraying solutions for organic garden pest control.
Suffocating bugs with soapy water is an easy approach to combat them. Simply combine 1 dl of natural soap with 1 litre of water in a spray bottle, then spray your plants. Make sure the mixture covers the entire plant, and repeat now and again to get rid of any bugs that hatch.
Aphids and spider mites are usually killed, but the latter can be difficult to eradicate.
A stronger DIY method for fighting pests is a mixture of 2-3 garlic cloves, 3-4 large chilli peppers, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, combined well in your blender, then filtered and put to 1 litre of water plus 1 tablespoon of natural soap (or dishwashing detergent). Avoid spraying this on your plants during the middle of the day or in extremely hot weather, since this may cause your plants’ leaves to burn.
This repels most garden pests, including mice and moles if sprayed near their burrows. However, there is one huge drawback to both of these remedies: they will also get rid of the beneficial insects, which takes us to our next point.
3- Biological pest management is the third method of organic garden pest control. Allow the good bugs to do their work!
The ladybug is extremely efficient, eating a large number of aphids (while also being attractive to watch!). Lacewings and praying mantis are also good at this, and plants that attract them can be used to entice them into your garden. You can also buy these excellent bugs or other parasites (that is, parasitic on your pests) to help your garden bugs maintain ecological equilibrium. These bugs or parasites are available in egg sacks or in live form and are a very effective and environmentally beneficial technique to control pests.
4- Using Scary Plants to Control Pests in the Garden.
That is to say, the only ones who are terrified are the bugs! Carrot root flies will be deterred from devouring your carrots if onions are planted alongside them. Plant lavender along your garden path and enjoy the scent as you go by… Marigolds look great amid your vegetables in the vegetable garden, and they may also be used in any flower bed because there are so many types to pick from.
It’s also critical to keep your plants healthy and strong by ensuring they get enough nutrients and thrive in healthy soil. They will be able to better tolerate insect infestations as a result.
5- Using Mineral Dust to Control Pests in the Garden.
However, ordinary dust will not penetrate the strong exoskeleton of insects such as ants, fleas, or small beetles; only Diatomaceous earth will. They will become dry as a result of this. After heavy rain or irrigation, spread a thin coating of the mineral on the ground and repeat.
For hollyhocks, an extra tip! Hollyhocks are frequently attacked by fungus, causing the leaves to turn a reddish-brown colour and ultimately fall off. The plant normally survives, but the naked stem and blossoms at the top make it appear horrible. However, there is a solution to this annoyance:
Boil a kettle full of horsetail and enough water to cover it for at least 10 minutes. After straining, dilute the solution with water 5 to 10 times. Spray your hollyhocks with this diluted fluid, making sure to get under the leaves as well.
Best wishes for keeping pests away and keeping your plants healthy and attractive!