Organic Garden Pest Control – No More Toxins AND No More Garden Pests


Phil: Hey guys itÕs Phil from smilinggardener.com.
If you havenÕt picked up my free online organic gardening course, you can do that right on
the home page of smilinggardener.com. Today I am talking about organic garden pest
control. Everything I talk about in these lessons I often bows down to three things,
increasing organic matter in your soil, balancing out the fertility and improving your soil
food web, doing all of that not only grows the nutrient dense food but it really prevents
the pests from coming in and the diseases in the insects. So thatÕs the main thing,
even when we are doing a good job of improving all that stuff, we are still going to have
the occasional plant that isnÕt healthy or group of plants that are healthy and so we
are going to get some pests. We are still going to have some of those and
today I am talking a little bit about what you can do when you find you have but even
before them itÕs still is about prevention, just in terms of some smart practices. So
when you are buying plants from the nursery inspect the leaves and even inspect the roots
a little bit and see if there are pests problems. You donÕt want to buy plants are diseased
because that means they are unhealthy and they are going to have disease probably in
the future. You donÕt want plants with aphids or spider mites or anything like that.
So thatÕs the number one thing, if you are doing some pruning disinfect your secateurs
or your bypass perennials or whatever you are using with some just some hydrogen peroxide,
itÕs kind like a natural bleach. Another thing you can do is plant aromatic plants
that sometimes confuse some insects. So what I do all throughout the garden is I plant
garlic, you can see there is not much going on in this garden yet but there are a few
garlic that are coming up here and there just because I always tend to plant them around
my various plants and I donÕt always pick them all.
So thatÕs prevention, now letÕs go on to a couple of short term organic pest control
measures you can take. Now what I often do, if I have some plants that are really sick
and so they are covered in insects or diseases. I let them die because I know thatÕs going
to encourage the predators of those predators to come in set up shop and start eating them
and they will be there for next year and also I just know that food isnÕt healthy so I
am not that interested in eating it anyway but if you are having a lot of problems, I
know you donÕt your whole crop to die so you want to do something about it in the short
term. Once you know what the predator is then itÕs a lot easier to choose what kind of
control you are going to do to take care of it, of course you always want to go with at
least toxic control and often they are very entirely non-toxic controls but then you know
what you are dealing with. One of the simplest controls for tomato harm
worms because it was not that many of them, there is just a handful of them in my plants
as I just took them often I squash them. So thatÕs no big deal. Another one is you can
often use of hose to just wash them off so I donÕt have my hose here but
that works really well for washing a number
of things on. One is insecticidal soap, you want to read the label and make sure that
it works for the predator that you are dealing with and another one is horticultural oil.
Now these are not entirely benign they are much less toxic than you know a chemical pesticide
but when I use something like this. I would like to come through a day later and spray
some EM onto my leaves or some compost tea, something to repopulate the leaf surface because
if you are using a soap on your leaves itÕs going to wash of a lot of the beneficial microorganisms.
So I want to repopulate those leaves with something healthy.
The next one is biological controls. Now what some people try to do is order some lady bugs
and release them into the garden to take care of their aphids. thatÕs usually not going
to work that well because the lady bugs will probably just go somewhere else, the reason
there are not in your garden in the first place is probably because there is nothing
really there for them, no reason for them to be there. It can work okay in a greenhouse
setting but what I like to do instead is to in my vegetable garden among my vegetables
is plant a bunch of different flowers that attract beneficial insects and so right now
I donÕt really have anything going on because itÕs so early in the spring.
Here is a rudbeckia that hopefully attracts and beneficial once it gets growing again
this year. Here is echinacea that will attract some beneficial insects. So that can work
pretty well too itÕs just thatÕs really what I focus on a lot is planting a bio-diverse
garden full of different kinds of plants that are attracting in all these beneficial insects
along the same lines you wanna provide water for insects that means a bird bath and not
too tidy over bird bath, you want to have it so that parasitic waste and other little
insects can get in there and drink, not only bird bath but watering the whole soil and
having so then you have little potholes on the soil for them to drink from and providing
them other kinds of habitat, water and habitat grasses, rock piles.
I will show you my rock pile. So here is a pile of rock. So it hopefully is a good place
for some snakes and other little animals. Here we have just a little pond that has some
frogs and toads and things like that. Now I know a lot of people donÕt like snakes
and spiders but I think we need to encourage them with rocks and other organic piles of
debris and even just weedy parts in the corner of the garden. So the goal here is to have
a healthy garden with lots of organic matter, minerals fertility with a healthy soil food
web. You want to get into prevention by not bringing pets and disease in insects into
the garden in the first place. We do have some short term controls.
We can try such as a few sprays we can make or buy but in the long run we are trying to
just create a garden that doesnÕt attract these predators in the first place but does
attract many beneficial insects to take care of any predators that do setup shop. So below
why donÕt you let me know about your most important predator problem whether it be insect
or disease that you have maybe this year, maybe you are already far enough into the
season, you are having an issue or maybe last year you had something. If you want a little
more detail read the article down below I always post more detail in the article below
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AND No More Garden Pests

11 thoughts on “Organic Garden Pest Control – No More Toxins AND No More Garden Pests

  1. hi phil, thanks a lot for your tips. My garden problem is snails. I think information on how to get rid of them might be helpful for many others. Thanks again and keep up the good work! (thumbs up)

  2. Hi you doing great channel keep teaching,your helping more than you know.I was wondering what beneficial plants can i grow this summer to keep away spidermites.

  3. I am having a lot of trouble with a white mildew on my squash leaves. I am using some baking soda solution, but it 'burns' some leaves and is not entirely effective. We have been having too much rain, for one thing.

  4. Within a matter of a couple of weeks, my garden was taken over by one very determined weed. It now rules. How can I reclaim this garden without using chemicals?

  5. Aphids and ants took over. Ants farm aphids and I tried everything nothing worked. The aphids sucked the health out of my fava beans and Swiss chard. It was pretty frustrating. What worked on powdery mildew was milk mixture but I did not find that out until late in the process. What can I do about major aphids in the future? And tons of ants?

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