Getting Rid of Weeds and Pests
Removing Weeds and Pests
Nothing gets on the nerves of gardeners more than invasive weedy plants and pests that attack our crops. What precautionary measures can we take to stop these invaders without using nasty chemicals that affect our gardens and the local ecology?
The days of farmers spraying nasty DDT chemicals, insecticides and other herbicides has shown the detrimental hazards that these treatments cause. The middle ground in between does not want to harm the environment but wants to save the crop of food and flowers within natural means. There are some practical ways to help rid your garden of these burdens. Dig deep to find the roots, use a fork rather than a spade as the sharp blade just cuts through roots which then spread.
Follow the root through the soil and try to get to the bottom of it, now here is one of the key parts DO NOT compost any of these roots or the leaves of the plants, carefully separate them in a wheelbarrow to take elsewhere before burning. These general rules are just common sense, never travel with diseased material or leave invasive weeds around because the reason they are so successful is their ability to survive in many environments under different stresses.
Crop rotation is a tactic used by organic gardeners and farmers to stop a build up of pests in one area. For example if your garden gets invaded by onion white rot this bed is now unsuitable from cultivating Allium species for a good few years, if we were to use it again the next year the crop would fail miserably. Once again any diseased or infected material should not be composted but burnt.
When leaving the garden scrape your shoes and clean your tools as you can prevent further spread with careful steps. Another way to control pests in the garden in an organic way is to use biological controls, for example you can buy a colony of ladybirds that will consume aphids, flies and mites with no problem, as the colony grows they breed and the cycle continues.
So in conclusion there are natural and safe ways to control pests without using chemicals we must rely on keeping clean tools and keeping two steps ahead of the pests to stop them catching up.