Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden #infographic

Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden #infographic

Many gardeners are chemicals-averse. Such gardeners may be committed to growing pesticide-free, planting (and eating) foods, or just like talking about flower beds that are naturally safe. Whatever the trigger, you should take significant steps to remove and conserve your garden's pesticides.

Grow on a healthy basis. Healthy crops enjoy healthy soil soil, which, if too sandy or clayey, is often altered or complemented with compost. Check your soil and add nutrients as needed to determine its structure. Dig into several inches of compost each spring, cover your crops with a good layer of organic mulch annually or seasonally and remove any dead plants at the end of the growing season.

Comply with your crops with your rising conditions. If you have crops that strive and strain through the growing season, either the place they are in or the climate they are in may not be a good fit. Sun-loving phlox, for example, may be more likely to wilt or mold if planted in a sunny, moist spot. Shrubs hardy only to USDA Zone 5 can struggle after a particularly hard, long, and cold winter. Choose your crops carefully and place them where suggested on the plant's label data.

Be varied. Many crops need more of a certain type of nutrient or mineral, such as nitrogen. If you plant the same thing over and over at the same spot, your soil will be depleted from the very thing the plants need. You will also allow nuisance bugs to reside–believe in winter squash bugs in the floor and feed each year on the same melon plot.

A diverse crop with a range of flowers, vegetables and herbs should be included in your annual garden program. It also allows the rotation of plants. Swap locations in a veggie garden, move your tomatoes and peppers from year to year, and if squash bugs stay, skip cucumbers.

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