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Organic Garden Pest Control Safe and effective ways to deter and eliminate garden pests. A garden is a food source— so it seethes with life. Organic garden pest control is a safe and easy way to fix those critters that think your food is their food! As with all things in nature, there is a balance. Gardening organically doesn't upset that sensitive arrangement too much. We've got to eat of course, and we're not hunter-gathers now, so we sow, plant and harvest on cleared land. Even if we practice organic gardening, controlling pests is still necessary. Good soil produces good plants and keeps their carbohydrate, protein, chemical (including pest deterrents) and other nutrient ratio in balance. Poor soil undernourishes plants which hampers their production. So keep your soil healthy and pests will not flock to feed on them. Enlightened farmers now use what they call integrated pest management (IPM). Essential information about controlling garden pests organically Decide what you need to do and do no more.
Growing Your Own Garlic - Planting Growing Harvesting and Storing Garlic As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly. 1. Choosing Types of Garlic If you look in a specialist catalog like the one at Gourmet Garlic Gardens, you'll find dozens of varieties of garlic listed. You see where this is going – and you can see a lot more types of garlic on either of those websites, but for general purposes the most important difference is the one between softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are so called because the whole green plant dies down to pliancy, leaving nothing but the bulb and flexible stems that are easy to braid. Gardeners in most of the U.S. can try some of both. 2.
Got ticks &bugs? Get Guineas! by Jeannette Ferguson from the... Got ticks? Got obnoxious bugs and garden pests? Tired of insects destroying your flower beds and leaves and gardens? Just maybe guineas are for you. Years ago when I was unable to participate in the local garden club flower shows, I discovered guineas to be the solution to my problem. Just over a year after raising guineas, not only was I able to enter flower shows, but I won 102 ribbons and several rosettes that first season. Guinea fowl range across the property taking bites of weed seeds, insects, grasshoppers, Japanese Beetles and other obnoxious bugs with nearly every step they take. I also keep chickens but have been unable to free range them because of the damage they would do to the flowers and flower beds-mostly due to scratching for bugs and insects beneath the surface, or scratching to dust bathe and in the process, pulling up plants-roots and all. The farmer’s watchdog Guinea fowl are very entertaining to watch as they patrol across the property. Learn more about guineas at…
Building a Two-Can Bioreactor Purpose Two-can bioreactors are designed to be used as small-scall indoor composting units for families, and for composting as an educational tool in the classroom. Materials 32-gallon plastic garbage can 20-gallon plastic garbage can drill brick spigot (optional) duct tape (optional) insulation (optional) Construction Using a drill, make 15 to 20 holes (0.5" to 1" diameter) through the bottom of the 20-gallon can. Note: A system of 10-gallon plastic garbage cans that can fit inside 20-gallon cans can be substituted if space is a problem. The composting process in the cans will take from three to five weeks. Credits
Remedies Homemade Fertilizers Fish emulsion and seaweed extract are the best store-bought natural fertilizers. You should follow the directions on the labels or make your own fertilizers: Compost Tea I’ve read that the active ingredients in compost actually help control disease and shoo away insects. You should use composted manure, not dehydrated manure for this recipe. Stinging Nettles Tea or Comfrey Tea Mix these greens together or use them separately. Homemade Pest and Disease Remedies Insecticidal soap, rotenone/pyrethrum liquid spray, and diatomaceous earth for horticultural use (silica particles from the skeletal remains of sea creatures that penetrate the bodies of insects on contact-sold as a dust) are good store-bought natural pest remedies. Alcohol spray for Aphids Mix ½ to 1 cup alcohol with a quart of water. Beer Traps for Slugs Put some cheap beer in saucers. Chamomile Tea for Damping Off Spray seedlings with a hot water infusion of chamomile tea to prevent the disease.
Worm Composting Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture City of Vancouver - City Farmer Wormshop See these links first. City Farmer's Step-By-Step Photo Guide to Worm Composting See City Farmer's wormshop instructor describe how a worm bin works. (Video) See City Farmer's wormshop instructor describe how to harvest a worm bin. (Video) Metro Vancouver Worm Composting Brochure See a list of red wriggler worm suppliers.
Plants that Repel Insects Certain plants are known for their ability to repel some types of insects. This is a guide about plants that repel insects. Solutions Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up". Tip: Wintergreen, Spearmint or Pepperminte to Repel Insects Beware of the coming seasonal flying insects that are attracted to floral and fruity scents! By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO Tip: Aphid Repellent Plants You can help prevent aphid infestations on your vegetables by interplanting them with plants that repel aphids. Tip: Plants that Repel Insects Here are a list of plants and what insects they repel. Share Your Feedback: Once you try any of the above solutions, be sure to come back and give a "thumbs up" to the one that worked the best for you. Questions Here are questions related to Plants That Repel Insects. Question: Plants That Repel Flies I visit my neighbor just about every day and in the past week his place has been adorned with flies. By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN Question: Lynn,