With the threat of global warming looming large, it has become critical to increase the greenery all around the world. What better way to start this than start from your home? If every house has a small garden, every individual will be contributing in their own small way. If you already have a garden, good for you!
Here in this article we discuss some of the ways by which one can easily save their garden from pests. Read further on, to understand some of the parameters that you need to watch out for.
Garden pests can affect gardens of any kind – Vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, etc. The garden pests can trouble plants in so many ways:
- They draw away the nutrients from the soil.
- By infecting the fruits and seeds of the plants.
- They deteriorate the quality of fruits. (not visible, but can be detected by taste or other chemical tests)
- They eat into the plant stem blocking the nutrients flowing into the plant. This can result in the plant withering away.
How to tackle them?
There are multiple techniques available to tackle the garden pests. Employing these techniques in an effective way can help you in tackling the problem of pests in your garden. Some of them are:
Natural Pesticides: This is the most common way of garden pest control. These pesticides directly affect the pests, but cause less harm to the plants and their fruits. These pesticides are made of natural ingredients.
Attract insects that feast on these pests: By creating small dwelling places for these insects or using plants or flowers that attract these kinds of insects, you can help these insects get a home while they help you get rid of the garden pests!
Companion planting: This is known to be an Organic garden pest control solution. This involves planting a species that either emanates a smell that is an irritant to the garden pests. So, by planting this kind of species next to your fruit or vegetable plant, you are saving your plant from pests. For example: Marigold is used as a companion plant for vegetables like Asparagus, Eggplant, etc.
Biological Control: This includes using parasites and predators that feast on these pests, to help protect your plants.
Raised soil beds: If your problem is with rodents of any kind, then you can elevate your soil bed or have a raised bed for your gardening, then you can get rid of rodents that harm your produce.
Rotation: Re-locate your plants periodically, in order to prevent disease build up or soil deterioration.