Organic pest control for vegetable garden could be cheaper, easy to make and more reliable than most of the products you will buy on store shelves. In addition to this, the alternatives are much safer than the chemical ones.
Growing vegetables is a great way to provide your family with fresh farm to table meals while taking full control of what is used to care and maintain your garden. Pest control is an integral part of growing food as it keeps hungry insects from eating your plants. However, the pesticides on the market today contain harsh toxins that are likely to leave chemicals in your food.
To understand more in detail what is require to be successful with your organic pest control for vegetable garden, we are listing 7 interesting and easy types of controls for vegetable garden:
1. Oil Spray
If you have seen the annoying sap-sucking insects like spider mites, whiteflies, thrips, and aphids, then follow this steps as follow:
- Create a homemade oil spray by mixing 1 cup of cooking oil and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.
- Dilute the concentrated liquid with water, at a ratio of 4 teaspoons of oil to 1 pint of water.
- Apply this organic mixture liberally to the vegetable once every 7 days to thoroughly control the pest.
Once you are done using it, it is important to preserve the properties of the oil spray in case you need to use it next time. To do this, it is recommended to keep it in a dark, dry and clean area.
2. Bamboo Shampoo Spray
Bamboo Shampoo is an excellent organic pest control for vegetable garden. This natural spray, is made with little to no unnecessary chemicals. It can be used to control pests, both indoors and outdoors, including whiteflies, thrips, aphids and spider mites.
To make this spray, follow this steps:
- Combine 2 tablespoons of mild baby shampoo with 1 gallon of water.
- Mix it together and then spray the solution generously on your vegetable plants. Allow the organic spray to stay on the plants for a few hours.
- Final step, use a water hose to rinse it off gently. Avoid using this spray on plants with hairy leaves or with a wax-like coating like squash. Also, do not use it in the sun.