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Natural Pest Control

I try to keep everything as natural as possible in my garden. I have been quite successful in keeping unwanted visitors at bay using only natural methods. Here are a few of my favorites:

I use dog fur wherever rabbits or squirrels are prone to go. I use my dogs fur, either after brushing or just by emptying the vacuum. I spread it around the perimeter of the garden and refresh it every couple of weeks. I have never had any small creatures brave enough to come near my garden when the smell of dog is so strong. If you don’t have your own dog, you can either ask a neighbor for the contents of their vacuum bag or go to a local dog groomer.

My strategy when it comes to insects is two-fold. First, I break up each crop into a few plantings interspersed throughout the garden. This stops any one type of insect from gaining too strong of a foothold. It encourages a multi-cultural bug population which keeps itself in check and doesn’t allow any one species to become powerful enough to be bothersome.

Secondly, I plant herbs very liberally throughout the garden. I plant them between any crops that are particularly well loved by insects. This masks the scent of the bugs target plant and stops the initial attraction to the garden. Some plants seem to work very well together for me, such as basil with tomatoes, rosemary with cabbages or cauliflower and cilantro with peppers. The important thing is to make sure the strong smelling herbs are interspersed throughout the garden. Garlic and onion plants will do the same thing, but since the plants don’t stay in the garden after harvest it doesn’t offer the same protection.

¬†One important thing to remember about organic gardening: don’t worry about all bugs or critters. You ideally want a thriving eco-system that promotes plant growth. Snakes might seem a bit scary at first, but they keep unwanted pests away. Ditto for spiders. Embrace the life within your garden as long as it doesn’t harm your plants.

I have never needed any more pest protection than is provided by the two methods described above. I have never had significant damage from unwanted pests and I’ve never had to worry about ingesting harmful chemicals from my garden.

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