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Keeping Your Garden Pest Free

Millions of people around the world choose to plant their own herbs and vegetables in order to get the great benefits that are associated with gardening. When you grow your own produce and herbs you not only save money, but you also eat healthier. Vegetables and herbs that are grown in your home have a higher nutritional value than those that can be purchased at the store because they can be harvested at peak ripeness and have not been sprayed with pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. Spraying plants with these chemicals can be dangerous, especially if the vegetation is not thoroughly cleaned before it is eaten. Because of this, many people choose not to use these chemicals in their gardens. Since no pesticides and chemicals are used, it is important to find a way to keep your herb garden pest free in other ways.

Herbs are actually some of the most resilient and insect resistant plants that can be grown but you will still have to take some steps to keep insects and other pests away. One of the first things that you will want to think about is where you are going to plant your herbs. If you are planning on an outdoor garden, you will have to do much more to protect your vegetables from being destroyed. One of the first things that you will want to do to protect an outdoor herb garden is put some type of fence around it. A fence will keep out small critters that will eat the herbs and vegetables. Next you will want to look into ultrasonic devices that deter pests. These machines keep pests away by sending out sound frequencies that cannot be heard by humans.

Another thing that you may want to consider is companion planting. There are many herbs that insects do not like and will stay away from. Marigolds and basil give off a fragrance that can act as a bug repellant. This can be a great way to naturally keep insects away from your herb garden.

One easy way to keep your herb garden pest free is to grow them indoors. Hydroponic herb gardening can actually save you a lot of space and can be a much easier way to grow herbs and other plants. Hydroponic gardening is a method of gardening that does not use soil, so there is nowhere for pests to live and reproduce. Regardless of which method you use to keep your herb garden free of pests, you will be able to enjoy fresh herbs without the chemicals that are used on commercially produced plants.

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Safe Pest Control

One of the most rapidly growing hobbies right now is herb gardening. It seems like gardens are popping up everywhere with people trying to eat healthier, more organically, and without straining the environment. Growing your own herbs is also a great way to save on groceries with food prices increasing all the time. Since there are so many people that are now getting into gardening it is important for them to get information about how to care for their new gardens. The biggest concern that a person will probably have with a garden is herb garden pests and safe pest control. There are many different types of herb garden pests so it is important to do some research and find out how you can safely protect the herbs that you worked so hard to grow.

There are basically 2 different types of herb garden pests and safe pest control measures can be taken to prevent both types. The first type of herb garden pests are insects. Insects can destroy an herb garden so it is important to take necessary precautions to avoid insect infestation. You will want to get rid of places where bugs can live, such as leaves, debris, tools, etc. You should move all of the waste material to your compost bin to eliminate these living spaces. During the colder months, when nothing is growing, you will probably want to spray insecticide. Make sure to read the directions on the packaging, as you may do serious damage to the soil if you apply the spray incorrectly. One thing that you need to realize as a gardener is that there are both good and bad insects. If you have a question about which bugs are good and which are bad, you can catch one in a jar and take it to a local garden supply store, as they will be able to tell you what the insect is.

The other type of herb garden pests and safe pest control against them are varmints and birds. Poisoning these animals can be effective but you will need to be extremely careful, especially if you have pets that go out into the garden area.

Learning more about herb garden pests and safe pest control is not difficult. There are actually a variety of different websites that have tips, suggestions, and even “how to” videos on how to protect your garden from the different pests that are out there. Search the Internet for these sites and take some time to read the suggestions that are available.

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Herb Garden Pest Control

If you are an avid gardener, then you know how difficult it can be to maintain herb garden pest control. If you are just getting started with an herb garden, you will want to know which pests are problems and how you can get rid of them safely. It is a good idea to check with a local agency to find out which pests are potential problems in your area. Depending on the area of the world you live in, you will have problems with different pests.

Once you have identified the most likely pests, you can make a determination on the best way to eliminate them. For herb garden pest control, you want to use natural ways to deter the bad insects since you plan to use the herbs medicinally or in your cooking. You don’t want to spray harmful chemicals on your herbs to kill the bugs and then turn around and give those chemicals to your family.

There are actually some good insects that will be beneficial to your garden and will take care of many of the bad ones, so this is a natural way to control the pest population. You don’t want to get rid of the good bugs at the same time as the bad, so identifying which pests you have is very important. Some of the bad insects include aphids. These are tiny soft‐bodied insects that feed on plants and like to be near the tips of the plants or on the underside of the leaves. Leafminers and spider mites can also be identified by the look of the leaves of your plants. Snails and slugs are often found in damp climates and tend to leave behind a slimy trail.

If you notice some of these bad bugs, you will hopefully also notice that they have attracted the good bugs which will help with your herb garden pest control. The Praying Mantis is a good bug that will eat almost any other insect and will keep the pest population down. Another good bug is a ladybug. They can each eat over fifty aphids per day. Wasps can be good because they pollinate for you and also help with controlling the aphid population.

If the natural cycle has not helped enough with herb garden pest control, you may want to plant herbs such as Pennyroyal that help to repel insects between other plants. As a last resort, look into some natural or organic pesticides. Make sure that whatever you use is safe for your family and targets the specific pests you have.

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