Dealing with Common Destructive Pests in your edible garden without harsh chemicals!
I was reading a blog on another website the other day about destructive bugs in the garden. Above all, I continue to be amazed at the number of gardeners that reach for Confidor, Bug Killa and other poisons to deal with unwelcome pests in their garden!
Being a gardener who is focussed on the Edible garden, I don’t want to spray my plants with anything that I don’t want to be putting into my body!
Even though I know that, Yes, there are “safe” withholding periods, and Yes, you can rinse the stuff off. However, I often eat foods that I pick while I am walking around my garden
Most importantly, the rinse off treatment doesn’t work for systemic poisons that have become part of the plant!
One of my go-to treatments for most bugs is Neem oil!
For those yet to discover this magical solution, Neem oil is created from the oil of Neem trees. I started using Neem oil a couple of years ago and I continue to be happy with how quickly and effectively it deals with many destructive bugs. Because this includes garden bugs such caterpillars, grasshoppers and scale!
Most importantly, this doesn’t negatively impact most of the good bugs in your garden. That is unless you want to attract butterflies into the garden, as its pretty non-selective in taking out all caterpillars! Just be sure that you don’t spray the Neem oil directly on to any of the good bugs like bees or hoverflies!
As you can see from the photo, the white cabbage butterfly is probably my biggest challenge. And I’m not in a hurry to attract more of these into my garden! The good thing is that Neem oil deals with these critters effectively!
It is also one of the only solutions to the Blue Cycad moth, which can destroy a cycad plant in minutes!
Happy gardening 🙂
Rohanne, Your Personal Garden Expert