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You can protect your gardens from any pests that try to make them their home by using a few organic solutions. All gardens are home to some type of pests: beetles, deer, caterpillars, fungus, and the list goes on and on. You can prevent these pests from destroying your beautiful gardens through natural pest control. The following organic gardening ideas will help you to protect both your flower and vegetable gardens.

Organic Pest Management Solutions

Organic pest control costs less than pesticides and is safer for your plants, vegetables, family, and the environment. Here are some of the best organic solutions for your garden:

Preventing Pests

You can keep pests from damaging your garden by deterring them from visiting your space. The best solution is to keep your garden healthy.

  • Remove weak plants. They can attract all sorts of pests. Pull them out and dispose of them.
  • Create a healthy, organic soil environment. Natural compost, mulch, and top-dressing will produce strong, vibrant plants.
  • Reduce habitats for insects. Debris and weeds can easily become homes for pests. Clear them away and always use clean mulch.
  • Keep plants dry. Wet plants can lead to fungus and insect damage. Water your gardens early so that they will be dry for the remainder of the day.
  • Introduce beneficial insects. These types of bugs will prey on harmful pests. By creating a safe environment for them, you can naturally get rid of damaging insects. Consider attracting ladybugs, lacewings, hover-flies, praying mantis, and nematodes to your gardens.

Homemade Spray Solutions

Natural remedies cost less and enable you to know what you are putting into your garden. There are many homemade spray solutions that are effective in control insects. These sprays are made by combining water and ingredients like cayenne and garlic. The formulas below work well in controlling specific garden pests. Be sure to label your bottles with the ingredients you are using.

  • Canola Oil, Liquid Soap, and Water: This remedy works well for aphids. Fill a spray bottle with a quart of warm water. Combine a tablespoon of canola oil with a couple of drops of liquid soap. Pour the oil and soap mixture into the water. Shake the bottle and spray the solution onto the leaves of the plant. Be sure to get the undersides.
  • Cayenne Pepper, Liquid Soap, and Water: This solution is effective on mites. Fill a spray bottle with warm water. Add two tablespoons of cayenne pepper and a few drops of liquid soap to the water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight. Shake the bottle and spray all over your plants. Shake the mixture frequently as you spray.
  • Baking Soda and Water: For fungal diseases try this organic solution. Combine two tablespoons of baking soda with a gallon of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the area that is affected. Repeat the application every other day until the fungus has been removed.
  • Baking Soda, Cooking Oil, and Liquid Soap: This remedy can solve both insect and fungal problems. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of cooking oil, and a few drops of liquid soap in a gallon of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply as needed.

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