Ways to keep insects and pests off your garden

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by csaylorchickens, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So something has been eating my garden I don't know what it is I noticed that we do have a lot of pincher bugs around but I also noticed this somewhat large black beetle that was living underneath my potted plants. I decided to put my strawberries and potted plants in my artichokes that way in the winter time I can just pick them up and put them in the garage for safekeeping instead of covering them and having a chance if they might die from frost in the winter. I have used cayenne pepper around and I also sprinkle the tiny bit on the leaves and it seems to help but it really doesn't solve the issue I also tried peppermint oil and spraying the plants of peppermint oil and that seems to help but there's a problem because it also keeps bees from landing on my plants. What do you due to rid pests out of the garden?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Depends on what kind of bug, and what kind of damage. Are they eating your plants? You need to identify the pest. Slugs: Escargo, or Sluggo: look for a product that has ONLY iron phosphate as the active ingredient. If it has other active ingredients, don't use it. I feel fairly safe using Pyrethrin or Permethrin products. Sevin is considered fairly safe by some, and very lethal by others. Insecticidal soap is safe. Wood ash affords a bit of protection. All of these products except for iron phosphate and wood ash will affect bees and other pollinators, so... IMO use all insecticides with caution, and I only use them if the flock is excluded from the area.
     
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  3. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Small holes im sure earwigs. I used peppermint oil and dishsoap on tje actual plant and cyanne pepper around the plants and by the rasied garden beds.
     

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