Organic Gardening: Keeping Pests Out!
Author: Hockley Valley Resort
We know organic gardening brings fresh, pesticide-free produce and a healthier diet, but how do you save your bounty from hungry local wildlife? Here is a list of some of the more common garden pests and some time-tested tricks to help keep them out of your garden:
1. Insects: Got aphids? Consider attracting their predator, the lady bug (typically drawn to Queen Anne’s Lace, dill and fennel) who will eat up all those aphids. For mosquitos, try planting citronella, ageratum or catnip to keep them away. As a general tip, marigolds can be used to combat beetles, squash bugs, tomato hornworms and whiteflies – making them a great choice as an overall bug deterrent in your garden.
Raccoons: Many gardeners swear that crushed cayenne pepper on top of the soil around your garden will keep them from coming back. These bandits are smart and persistent, though, so if that doesn’t work, you may have to take stricter measures with netting or fencing to keep them away.
Rabbits: Though cute and furry, they tend to look less loveable when you find missing carrots and nibbled lettuce leaves. Noise can also be a deterrent, so hanging wind chimes might be enough to do the trick. As well, rabbits are not fond of garlic, so try planting garlic throughout your garden to further discourage their interest.
4. Slugs, snails and caterpillars: Because these creatures make their way in the soil, laying crushed egg shells in their path makes their journey unpleasant. Scatter the shells under things like lettuce (which they like) to keep them away.
5. Deer: While deer are not found in most urban areas, if you live rurally, they may visit your garden. Deer tend to avoid people, so human scent turns them off. Many recommend the sprinkling human hair (i.e. from haircuts) around your garden to keep them at bay.
Come and visit our garden! Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter). Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today! http://www.hockley.com/The-Organic-Garden