Category Archives: Pest control

Home Remedies to Disburse Bugs

With home remedies capturing the minds and imaginations of so many people it is no wonder that a lot of people have also taken the time to ensure that there are plenty of viable options for ridding the home of pests as well.  While the house with pests and bugs can be a huge problem, what about if you have bugs in your actual garden!  This can become a huge problem if you are trying to grow the majority of your family’s fruits and vegetables.  In order to combat the bugs naturally you need some assistance.  Knowing how to get rid of bugs without chemicals is not only great for the environment, but it is also substantially cheaper than using those pesky chemicals.

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Companion Planting

Companion plantings of some kind have been practised throughout agricultural history. Some of the earliest written documents on gardening discuss these relationships. Early settlers discovered American First Nations people were using an inter-planting scheme of corn-bean-squash that balanced the requirements of each crop for light, water, and nutrients. In the 1800ís, hemp (cannabis) was often planted around a cabbage field to keep away the white cabbage butterflies in Holland. In many parts of the world today, subsistence farmers and organic gardeners grow two or more crops simultaneously in a given area to achieve a certain benefit.

Companion planting is the practice of locating particular plants near one another because they enhance plant growth, discourage pests and diseases, or have some other beneficial effect. When selecting your companion plants consider more than which pests are deterred. Think about what each plant adds or takes away from the soil and what effect the proximity of strong herbs may have on the flavour of your vegetables. Avoid placing two heavy feeders or two shallow rooted plant types near each other.

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Making Short Work of Slugs and Snails

Making Short Work of Slugs and Snails
Making Short Work of Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails are the bane of many gardeners lives, ripping at slow speed through a garden, destroying young plants under the cover of darkness. It’s not unusual to find a whole row of seedlings fatally damaged in one sitting, and even a single snail can cause devastation. Bearing this in mind, it’s pretty obvious that many gardeners develop a distinct antipathy towards our mollusc friends and will try almost anything to rid their gardens of the invertebrate menace.

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