Here are tips from the ThriftyFun community for managing insect pests in your vegetable garden.
Try using beer in a saucer to keep slugs out of the garden and plant onion, garlic and marigolds to keep bugs out. It works for me.
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For ants: Sprinkle aspertame around.
For slugs: set a shallow bowl of beer out.
For aphids: Use a spray bottle of water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing soap.
For corn ears and bugs: When the silk begins to appear, put cooking oil in a squeeze bottle and put a drop on the silk. Repeat every few days.
I have been organically gardening for over 20 years. The best insect control having chickens, but I have found Spinosad (Green Light), it is totally organic and it only kills chewing insects. For the first time, I do not have aphids on my Brussels sprouts. Banana peelings work on roses and on other things for aphids but not the Brussels sprouts. I handpick things in the front yard and bring to the chickens. I have no snails because I have killer snails. Since I've been using the Spinosad, I had virtually eliminated all my bug problems. It works on whitefly caterpillars, loppers, grasshoppers, you name it. You just have to be careful that if you're raising butterflies, not to spray those particular plants.
Whenever I cook with onions (long green or round), I save the root end and plant it around my garden. It comes up as long green onion. Free, and it repels bugs. You can also cut the green tops and cook with them.
Marigolds. Lavendar. Dish detergent diluted with water for aphids and other bugs you can see. Hand-pick caterpillars off leaves; you can also use the dish detergent spray for them. Pick off any leaves infected with leaf borers before they spread, and make sure you throw them away inside, away from other plants. Seal them inside a plastic bag before throwing them away.
Good luck and Delicious Gardening!
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I am not a gardner, but love to read the newsletter. When I saw your picture, the first thing I thought of was what beautiful colors of the veggies. And with your holding them like that makes me think of a bridal bouquet. Wouldn't that be beautiful!
I don't know if this will work in the vegetable garden but it did work in my flower garden. I read an article about controlling pests and it said to use epsom salt, so I sprinkled it around my flowers and it has kept the bugs away and my flowers looking great!
Editor's Note: Epsom salts work well in small amounts. Sprinkle lightly, don't pour it on!
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