It is very fulfilling to actually reap what you sow, so to speak. But gardening is daunting to many people, especially city-dwellers, because they often worry that they do not have enough space to plant a garden.
Today however there are so many new ways to grow your own plants even in very small spaces that anyone can do it. The challenge is to protect plants from common garden pests because being too close together makes it easier for bugs to infest your entire garden.
How to Protect Your Garden from Damaging Bugs
Learn about companion planting.
Companion planting is the process of having different kinds of plants that are beneficial to each other. Here, one plant helps in deterring an insect that affects the other, and vice versa. Companion planting also helps increase productivity, and it encourages pollination apart from helping in pest control. Here are a few good pairings: asparagus and tomatoes; beans and eggplant; basil and peppers; garlic and cucumbers; and lavender and squash, to name a few.
Use sticky traps.
Sticky or glue traps aren’t only for catching flies or mice. These can also be used to entrap pesky bugs. For these to be effective, traps must remain sticky and these can be placed in between plants. Traps can also be placed in a standing position or suspended in between tall vegetables.
Make it a habit to water plants early.
If you water plants early, you allow the moisture that has been trapped on the leaves to evaporate completely. So, by nightfall, the plants are relatively dry yet the soil is still moist. When the leaves are dry, these are better protected from rotting and so the plants won’t easily attract all sorts of insects.
Use biological pest control methods.
There are various ways to eliminate bugs using biological methods. Such techniques make use of other insects that are beneficial to plant growth, such as ladybugs, lacewings, and hover-flies. Fungus and bacteria, like Bacillus Thuringiensis, as well as parasitic nematodes are also commonly used.
Make your own homemade remedy.
Once you notice that your seedlings are keeling over for no apparent reason or if you see for yourself that there are insects crawling all around your vegetable garden, consider making your own homemade solution, which could include cayenne, garlic and other natural ingredients, and you can use this to eliminate bugs.
It’s very important to properly identify the insect that you want to get rid of so that you can concoct the right remedy to kill or keep away the pest. Identification can be hard or even impossible if you are not trained. So, you can ask a pest control expert for assistance.
Get help from pest control companies that use organic methods.
Deciding to hire a pest control company doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re willingly exposing your vegetables to dangerous chemical pesticides. Many pest control groups today use organic pesticides which are less toxic and less damaging to the environment.