Growing a garden will be made much healthier when you use organic fertilizers and natural plant pest control methods for common garden pests.
Learning how to compost will give you good quality soil which is essential for growing healthy plants.
And learning natural plant pest control methods will help you to avoid poisoning yourself and your environment with toxic pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.
Common garden pests can be controlled with the use of beneficial insects such as the Ladybug. They like to eat garden pests like aphids.
The organic matter you use in compost provides food for microorganisms which helps to keep soil in a healthy balanced state.
These microbes will be responsible for breaking down your compost and they will need a balanced diet of nitrogen and carbon.
Nitrogen comes from materials such as grass clippings, fruit peelings, and vegetable scraps.
Carbon comes from materials such as hay, dead leaves, and shredded paper products.
There should be a balanced ratio of nitrogen materials to carbon materials and using materials free of harmful chemicals is also advised.
Do not add fats or animal foods as this will attract unfavorable pests that can create a bad situation in your compost. However, you can throw in rinsed egg shells.
Your compost will decompose the fastest at a temperature between 110 to 160 degrees F. Keeping your compost bin in direct sunlight will help aid this process.
Aerating your compost can be accomplished by either using a tumbler or a handy garden tool.
Your compost will shrink by at least half in size while decomposing and when your compost is ready it should have a rich dark color.
Learning how to compost is a great replacement for using synthetic fertilizers and is a much more "organic" way to feed your plants. Also, traditional farmers tend to believe that the use of synthetic fertilizers encourages bug infestation.
Insects are much like scavengers and are attracted to unhealthy plants. Healthy plants can ward off many adverse conditions when planted in nutrient rich soil.
When creating your garden you should consider planting a few repellent plants that have the ability to naturally repel insects. Some popular repellent plants are garlic, onions, cilantro, chives, and mint.
Chickens can help to keep down the insects in a garden and chicken manure is full of nitrogen.
Some of the most common garden pests are aphids, beetles, grasshoppers, mealy bugs, slugs, mites, earwigs, ants, and flies.
Common garden pests can be dealt with in many ways and there are many natural ways of getting rid of the pests that live in your garden.
One of the oldest and most effective plant pest control methods is using beneficial insects that are natural enemies to these undesirable pests/insects.
A great number of insects are showing resistance to chemical methods of pest control and by using a more natural form of plant pest control your garden will benefit as well as your environment.
Beneficial insects such as ladybugs, praying mantis, and beneficial nematodes can be a great alternative when growing a garden.
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