Good morning to all of the gardeners out there . I sincerely hope that as Thanksgiving approaches your bountiful harvest will fill your tables with mouth watering recipes.
Previously we had discussed ,in a brief way, that it is important to clean up your garden in the Fall . Not only will this prevent mold but will eliminate many critters wanting to share your production with you . These critters , (bugs), can destroy a crop quickly so let us remember that we are at the top of the food chain and all is fair in love and war with bugs .
Organic pest control is the best approach for your health as well as a way to keep nature in balance . Row covers are useful as a beginning application.
If you have the room to do so , acquire some free range chickens or ducks . They not only consume many insects but at the same time can help fertilize your plot . You also will save dollars on poultry feed . Japanese beetles are successfully controlled in this way as well as other insects .
Rotating your crops assists in controlling your garden pests . This is accomplished because bugs are drawn to specific plants and in effect you are not allowing them to find a happy home . This is especially important to control maggots that attack roots.
If we provide a nesting habitat for wild birds we can eliminate much grief and frustration. Bird feeders help . There are also ways to find beneficial insects for your specific problem and these can be looked up on the internet . I will make a list of these in my next post. Stay tuned.
The top controls are crop rotation, insecticidal soap solutions , oil for horticultural purposes , crop rotation , poultry predators , hand picking, row covers, garlic pepper spray , attracting birds and planting beneficial companion plants and always using organic gardening products .
In the next post I will go into more detail regarding some of these subjects but in the meantime I invite your comments and items of your concern.
Enjoy your upcoming holidays .
Working for our enjoyment , Grandma Jean