Organic Pest Management for the Garden
Harmony in nature and in your garden dictates there be bugs, even the ones that chomp seemingly ungrateful on your soon to be produce.
Depending on your frame of mind, you may not think twice about them. If you do think twice, occasionally wishing them away does not count as a black mark on your organic gardening record.
No organic gardener expects an insect free garden, and the assortment of insect minimization tools available today is growing.
Types of Soil
Natural controls, such as the presence or introduction of beneficial insects, often top the list of useful insect minimization tools.
Ladybugs, wasps and praying mantids, among others, fit into the beneficial insect category.
|Plants for Insect Management
Ants - mint, pansy, pennyroyal
Aphids - mint, garlic, chives, coriander, anise
Bean Leaf Beetle - potato, onion,turnip
Codling Moth - common oleander
Colorado Potato Bug - green beans, coriander, nasturtium
Cucumber Beetle - radish, pansy
Flea Beetle - garlic, onion, mint
Imported Cabbage Worm - mint, sage, rosemary, hussop
Japanese Beetle - garlic, larkspur, tansy, rue, geranium
Leaf Hopper - geranium, petunia
Mice - onion
Root Knot Nematodes - French marigolds
Slugs - prostrate rosemary, wormwood
Spider Mites - onion, garlic, cloves, chives
Squash Bug - radish, marigolds
Stink Bug - radish
Thrips - marigolds
Whitefly - marigolds, nasturtium
The bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis or BT toxin, has a long history of use as a manufactured organic insecticide.
Plants are another organic pest management tool, although sometimes their use is limited. (see Flower Seed Packs for Pest Management)
The United States Natural Conservation Service suggests planning an insect minimization strategy using the plants listed in the box to control the listed insects.
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