If you have your own garden, you probably want to get away from using pesticides since they harm the Earth, animal life, and you and your family. There are plenty of alternatives to dangerous chemicals, and most of them are fairly affordable as well.
Use these 6 tips to naturally deter bugs from your garden
• Use seaweed mulch. Known to repel slugs, it also contains iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium, which promote healthy plant growth and can keep bugs away.
• Install a drip-irrigation system to water the roots of your plants. Keeping your plants dry also repels bugs and fungus since they thrive in moist environments. Soaker hoses adhere to your existing hose, which sweat water into your soil. This way, your plants can receive their water without getting drenched, which attracts all sorts of pests.
• Mix canola oil with ivory soap. Making your own homemade mixture with one tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of ivory soap can kill insects in a safe manner, and is very cheap to implement. Spray over the entire plant for the best effect.
• Spread cucumber peels in your garden to repel ants. Ants have been known to dislike the bitterness of cucumbers, so if you choose this method, make sure the cucumbers are extra bitter to keep ants away.
• Plant herbs in your garden. Because of their strong scent, herbs tend to detract bugs and pests from gardens. Bugs have poor eyesight, and use scent to decide what plants to feast on. If you plant herbs in your garden, you will have much fewer pests visiting your garden on a daily basis.
• Use tomato leaf spray. Tomato leaf spray, or any spray derived from leaves of “nightshade” fruits or veggies, has alkaloids which are deadly to many insects. Nightshades are a family of plants with over 2,500 species, so you can easily find plants to create a spray from.
These tips should help you to keep pests and bugs under control in your garden, but keep in mind that some bugs will actually benefit your garden.
For example, ladybugs eat aphids and other soft insects. Ladybugs are attracted to flower nectar and pollen, so keep some flowers in your garden if you want ladybugs to get to work eating up “bad bugs.”
Lacewings, which are tiny brown and green bugs resembling caterpillars, feast on aphids, mites and other insect eggs. Their larvae usually kill small insects as well. Any of the following plants will attract lacewings: dill, coriander, fennel, tansy and dandelion.
With these prevention and reactive strategies, you can keep your garden free of pests, and attract the bugs which will help you upkeep your garden in case some of the pests fly under your radar.