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Gardening Workshop 2

Gardening Workshop 2

The best way to prevent insect damage in your garden is to discourage them from coming in the first place.A healthy garden is the best defence.And a little eco-friendly gardening can go a long way in creating a beautiful and productive garden.And prevention is always the first and best line of attack.

Weed out any weak or infected plants. Pull the plant and dispose of it away from the garden area.Water early in the morning or late in the afternoon, so that plants will be dry for most of the day.Wet leaves may attract insects and can result in fungal damage to your plants.Soil supplies the nutrients, water, oxygen, and root support that plants need to thrive.Research shows that the healthier the soil, the better plants are able to withstand pest attacks.

MITES AND APHIDS 

2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and 1tsp of grated castile soap.Mix this up with 1.5ltrs of warm water. Shake very well. 

Use as required. You can add a strong chamomile tea to this mix and you will cover almost all fungal diseases!!In general, keep the garden as diversified as possible and encourage year-round blooming to attract varying types of beneficial insects.

By building healthy soil, welcoming beneficial insects, establishing a pest tolerance level, and selectively managing pests that can’t be tolerated, gardeners create a productive and beautiful ecosystem that is safe for all creatures.

To kill or not to kill

If pest damage is minimal, organic gardeners may simply want to tolerate pests, since any pest control can also harm beneficial pollinators and predators.It’s generally safe to eat produce that has a few holes or has been nibbled on by insects.

Cut off damaged areas, wash well in water to which you have added a little salt and bicarbonate of soda, rinse off and enjoy.If pest damage is too high to tolerate, start with the least invasive control method.

Why do I recommend using a pest control solution made from natural sources?

Chemical pest repellants are very effective against bugs in your garden and in your home.

What they don’t tell you is that these sprays, baits and poisons are just that – POISON. That’s why it’s called a pestiCIDE. It has been manufactured TO KILL.

And given the right dosage, it will KILL anything.Given in small doses, it will kill smaller living organisms but they have latent effect on larger living organisms. LIKE US!!Exposure to these pestiCIDES can irritate your eyes, your skin, cause respiratory problems, disrupt your hormones and even cause cancer.And even ‘safer’ pestiCIDES can be dangerous if they are not handled correctly.

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