How can I control my garden pests naturally?

weevil, beetle, leaf-6319220.jpg

Unfortunately, when you are gardening you will likely encounter many pests trying to make snakes of your veggie plants. Here are some tips and homemade remedies to keep the pests away.

  • Some plants that help to keep pests away:
    • Basil, Chives, Garlic, Marigolds, Mint, Nasturtiums, Onions, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme​​
  • To get rid of Aphids:
    • Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 quart of water and spray the aphids once a week until they are gone​​
  • To get rid of Flea Beetles:
    • Ground cayenne pepper repels them, sprinkle this on the leaves and they should leave
  • To get rid of Japanese BeetlesMexican Bean BeetlesColorado Potato Beetles, and Cucumber Beetles:
    • ​Pick them off and squish them
    • Make sure to pull any eggs or larva off the leaves as well
    • Treating the garden with milky spore can help to keep them away
  • To get rid of Tomato Hornworms:
    • Pick them off the leaves and dispose of them​
    • Sprinkling a layer of cornstarch on the leaves of plants can help to get rid of worms. This chemical-free method will make it difficult for insects to crawl on stems and leaves.
  • To prevent Cutworms:
    • ​​Take paper, aluminum foil, a plastic cup, or some other stiff material, and make a circular collar about 3 inches tall. Place this collar around the stems of your plants, specifically tomatoes, and make sure to dig it into the soil a little.
    • Sprinkle cornmeal around your garden to kill cutworms..
  • To repel Rabbits:
    • ​Plant some mint​