With early plants coming up strong and spring in full swing (except for some northern states, sorry folks) it's probably time to start considering protecting your garden from pests. The negative effects and safety issues of pesticides have been frequently addressed.
With even the EU banning the use of certain pesticides. So what are some good natural alternatives that will help keep your garden safe from pests, and not harm good insects? Here are a few alternatives you might want to consider.
- Neem Oil -
- Pest-repelling plants
- Guard toad
purchased online. A few boxes placed strategically around your plot can add a hungry defensive force to defend your food.
Nature is pretty smart, and we always have more to learn from it. There are many other plant/insect combinations used in natural ecosystems that protect against herbivorous insects and nibbling rodents. If we learn from our environment, we can replicate these systems to provide a natural protection for our garden and help decrease the use of potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides. And we can do it keeping our friendly pollinating insects safe as well.
Do you have a natural insect repellent or other DIY garden protection scheme you would like to share? Write it in the comments or email us through our contact form and share your story.
Jonathan Parker is an EMT-Paramedic and Preparedness Instructor with a love for emergency medicine, self-sufficiency and homesteading. His goal is to empower people towards a natural and sustainable lifestyle.