How To Get Rid Of Garden Pests Without Chemicals
Image – Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin (via Wikipedia)
It’s good to see some in-depth writing about a subject that often causes trouble for organic growers – pest control! The article we discovered (link at the end of our commentary) will provide you with a wealth of information about natural pesticides. Some are safer than others of course but it’s worth knowing that there are plenty of options available without having to resort to poisons, especially on food crops. You will also find some simple and safe remedies for pests in the home.
The other thing that is good news is that very often you don’t even have to kill anything. I like the idea of working with nature instead of against it – and the concept of “cruelty free gardening” is a good subject to contemplate. Nature is a “whole system” and it really is true that anything you do to a part of it, you do to the whole. It’s not just a proverb. We can make use of the beneficial balance that nature always provides.
While a few small sacrifices to garden pests are acceptable for the average organic gardener, occasionally pests can damage a large part of a crop or even the whole thing. This can be so discouraging after putting in the hard work to plant and tend the crop that it’s easy to understand the reason why so many growers are still using toxic pesticides. Having said that, after watching the short video clip in the article and a little further research quickly shows that there’s a much better reason to aim for a safer alternative – if you try a web search for “pesticide disaster” you will see just how many incidents have blighted the environment already.
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There are added risks during the manufacture and storage of pesticides as well as with domestic use – a small amount of some of these chemicals can do a lot of damage, here is one recent example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2402491/Pesticide-ban-river-Kennet-disaster-2-teaspoons-poison-wiped-bug-life-10-mile-stretch.html
People have been raising crops for many thousands of years and those whose job it is to do this work welcome anything that would keep their livelihood safe from pest attacks. We would do well to learn some of the sustainable techniques from the past and to use modern technology if it can be shown to be helpful in the long term – natural methods will also preserve so many beneficial species of insects in the garden and will ensure that poisons do not enter the food chain and affect larger animals too.
The link below will give you access to some of the results of many years research into the ecological alternatives to pesticides.
Here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.planetnatural.com/get-rid-of-bugs/
See also these useful posts: http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/top-10-essential-oils-for-getting-rid-of-spider-mites/
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