Do you have pests in your vegetable garden spoiling your crops? Well, it is very common to have pests in the plants but the problem arises when they rise to an alarming level and causes damage to most of your plants.
Nowadays, gardeners do not prefer to expose their gardens to synthetic chemical pesticides and rather look for some other pest solutions.
Here are some of the tips that can help you to keep the plants pest-free.
- Not all insects are bad for your garden. There are beneficial insects such as ladybugs, parasite wasps, lacewings, damsel bugs and minute pirate bugs. which actually eat those pest insects. These good bugs can be attracted to your garden if they get pest insects for their consumption.
- While choosing plants for your garden, be wise to not pick those varieties of plants which are prone to having more pests.
- One of the easiest ways to prevent pests is by putting a physical barrier in between the insect and the plant. You can use floating row cover which are very light weighted and are made up of spun-bound fabric. This can be used to cover the plants which are pest prone. Do not forget to pin the sides of the cover to the ground so that the sneaky pests cannot crawl under the edges and you must ensure that there is lot of slack in the cover. But you must take off the row cover during the time of flower blooming from the plant so that it can be accessible to pollinators.
- Intercropping is another solution to make it difficult for the pests to locate their host plants. Thus, try to increase diversity of your garden by inter planting different crops of vegetables with each other. Instead of growing a single plant in a row it is better to mix up everything.