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Natural pest control

As a newbie to veggie gardening, what natural methods work best for controlling aphids, worms, etc. on the veggie plants?

I have read articles about mixing water, cayenne pepper and a little liquid soap into a sprayer. Has anyone tried this with any success?

I may give it a shot today as we have some aphids on the underside of some of the chard. They wash right off, but I don't like having to really wash and examine every leaf THAT closely before I eat it! I am sure I may have eaten a few . . :)

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Posted by trishf42 on May 09, 2014 at 04:41

I've had good success with loading a bit of dishwashing liquid into a hose-on spray bottle, which originally came as a liquid seaweed fertiliser bottle with a hose attachment. The bottle has a capacity of about 1 litre, and I just add a good solid squirt of detergent, and then spray it on until it's all gone, as part of a normal watering session - it takes around 15-20 minutes of hosing to empty the bottle.

I do this twice in a growing season. There are still a few bugs, but not nearly so many, and my chard leaves are no longer more hole than leaf!

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Posted by Christopher on September 09, 2014 at 18:39

I agree the other thing that seems to help gardens is planting some flowers to attract bee's which help get rid of smaller bugs and also planting onion or garlic plants on the out side of the garden which seems to help as well. We had a huge bug fest that was clearing the bean plants on either side of our garden plot but our garden really just had some visiting here and there.

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Posted by bloominguru on February 19, 2015 at 12:01

I know this sounds crazy - but I went to a lecture about good bugs and bad bugs. Last year my squash plants were covered in aphids. I sat on my hands "literally" to see if the PhD. from my lecture was correct or not. I knew what lady bug nymphs looked like, and sure enough, within days, lady bugs were all over the situation. As long as there is no infestation, trust the good bugs to come to the rescue, but you have to wait and look for the signs and google the bug cycle of the lady bug so you know what the Calvary looks like. Sometimes, if you treat for aphids, you also hurt the lady bugs. Give Nature a chance to work.

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Posted by tilllllly on March 05, 2015 at 04:33

Marigolds!

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Posted by themarbleguru on September 02, 2017 at 09:33 and edited at September 02, 2017 at 09:33

I agree the other thing that seems to help gardens is planting some flowers to attract bee's which help get rid of smaller bugs and also planting onion or garlic plants on the out side of the garden which seems to help as well. We had a huge bug fest that was clearing the bean plants on either side of our garden plot but our garden really just had some visiting here and there. Katni Marble Exporter.

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Posted by KarenNeal on April 08, 2019 at 07:47

I agree with the above post.

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Posted by Adadixon on May 03, 2019 at 03:49

True.

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Posted by Marvinrowe on May 04, 2019 at 10:41

I love gardening.

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Posted by Ellenlavallie on May 11, 2019 at 12:14

There are many such natural methods that can be used to control the pests and to eradicate them fully. One can use a DIY spray or Neem oil to keep the ants away from the kitchen. Rat baits or rat net can be used to keep rats away from the attack. But all these are the temporary solution, to get the permanent solution over the extermination of pests, call the experts like rodent control Sacramento from their website.