Guide to Controlling Pests for Your Organic Vegetable Garden
If anything prevents your organic garden from producing the best vegetables, it will be the pests that invade and surround your area. If you are serious about controlling those pests and keeping them out of your garden for good, there is a wealth of information available to equip you and educate you on the various types of pests that can threaten your crop.
The most difficult aspect of pest control is that there are so many different types of pests that can invade your garden; it will be difficult to recall them all in one sitting, so full immersion in your gardening activities is the only surefire way to instil ample knowledge on pests to watch out for.
Familiarizing yourself with well-known insects and animals is a tried-and-true pest-control strategy. These garden pests will only wreak havoc on the growth of your crop if you allow them to.
For beetles, you have two options: manually remove them or spray them with a poisonous insecticide. Beetles have the ability to bore so many holes in your leaves and eat away at your vegetation over time if left untreated, especially if their population has already exploded. Beetles come in a variety of forms, but the two methods mentioned above are typically used to treat them.
If you have aphids in your garden, you will frequently find sticky groups of insects invading your garden in red hues. Fortunately, this is easily remedied by spraying it with soap insecticide or another similar material. Aphids are found in almost every garden vegetable you can think of, so if you grow vegetables, you’re bound to come across these sticky organisms.
Neem oil is the cabbage worm’s worst enemy, so if you spray it on them, they’ll be gone in no time. The thing is, you can tell if you have cabbage worm in your garden if you see green caterpillars and holes in your plants’ leaves. If you’re feeling brave, you can pick them by hand or spray them with insecticide if you don’t have neem oil on hand at the time of the infestation.
If you see crawling, dull brown caterpillars, you have cutworms invading your territory! Putting paper collars around plants after digging around the area may help keep cutworms away from your valuable soil and nutrients. Some chemicals may also act as insecticides, but this is a preventative measure. You’ll also need to dig a lot because cut worms like to snuggle up on your plants for shade and survival.
Maggots are disgusting, and if you don’t try to get rid of them, they will make your landscape look unappealing. Bleaching is one of the most effective methods for getting rid of maggots. If your organic garden is also next to a garbage bag, you may want to move the garbage bag because leftover meals like meat attract these maggots, and they may decide to branch out of the garbage bin and into your garden.
There are many other types of pests that you can control in your garden if you have the right tools and knowledge on how to get rid of them in your organic garden.