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5 Environment-Friendly Natural Pesticides

Is there such a thing as an environment-friendly natural pesticide?

Yes, there are a select few botanical mixtures which can be considered as the “elite environment friendly natural pesticide, for each one works well with few drawbacks. These special botanical mixtures do not harm the environment nor do they cause our good bugs any harm.

Whether we like it or not, many natural pesticides are not necessarily kind to the “good bugs”. Such natural pesticides as pyrethrum, rotenone, and sabadilla do not discrimate and do kill pretty well all insects, good or bad, which crawl over the stuff. So wherever possible, one should use an environment-friendly natural pesticide.

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Insect Control – Using Predators

Insect control used to mean using insecticides or pesticides to spray plants the minute bugs began making their appearance.

However, we have come to realize that insect control by spraying plants with insecticides or pesticides was creating other problems, not the least being that we were poisoning ourselves and our environment plus killing the soil’s microorganisms so necessary to plant growth. Finally other methods of insect control have been revived or created, methods which will help  by getting rid of those unwanted bugs without putting people or other insect species at risk Read the rest of this entry »

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Creating Unfavorable Surroundings for Bugs (Part 2)

Gardeners can use one or many techniques if they wish to  create unfavorable surroundings for bugs.

In the previous post, Creating Unfavorable Surroundings for Bugs, part 1, I’ve covered 4 methods that can be used in order to create unfavorable surroundings for bugs.   Let’s recap — Method 1: Timing Your Plantings, Method 2: Weeding Your Garden Regularly, Method 3: Interplanting Your Crops, and Method 4: Using Companion Planting.  Let’s continue with Creating Unfavorable Surroundings for Bugs (part2), methods 5, 6, and 7.

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Creating Unfavorable Surroundings For Bugs (Part 1)

How can Creating Unfavorable Surroundings help the gardener avoid insect infestation?

Different garden insects have their favorite plants and favorite times to appear on the scene. Creating unfavorable surroundings for bugs requires careful observation, planning, and a good deal of trial and error. In this post I will cover 4 of 7 methods which are good for creating unfavorable surroundings for bugs. The other three will be covered in “Creating Unfavorable Surroundings For Bugs Part 2).

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Protect Plants From Insects & Stress

You must protect plants from stress

if you wish to keep insects and diseases under control. However, before I explain how to protect plants from stress in order to repel garden insects, it would be wise to understand . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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