I was virtual hanging out in Google Plus, checking out some great material, when I came across a link to an awesome pest website. Golden Harvest Organics is based in Colorado. They sell products to help your garden. But the wealth of knowledge on pest control is outstanding. Not only do they mention their products, but a great deal of home remedies. I am going to post just a small fraction of the information you can find on their website. If you enjoy the information as much as I, show them some love and pick up a product or two. (I receive zero money or barter for this post.)
“Ants “farm” aphids often keeping them in their nest during winter, then bringing them out in spring and placing them on the host plant. The ants eat the honeydew the aphids produce and move them from plant to plant spreading any diseases that are present.”
“The larva do their damage when tunneling underneath the bark. If their tunnel makes a complete circle around the tree through the cambium layer it will kill the tree. Peach tree borers will also attack apricot, cherry, nectarine and plum trees.”
“Take some stiff wire and work it into the hole to kill them. “
“Predators: Beneficial nematodes, chickens, lacewings, ladybugs, two-spotted stink bug, songbirds, toads and groundbeetles. Commercially available is a parasitic wasp known as Edovum puttleri.”
“Repellent plants: Beans, catnip, coriander, dead nettle, garlic, marigolds, flax, horseradish. and tansy.”
• Bacillus thurengiensis (BT) is very effective when used for the caterpillar stage and safe.
• A sprinkling of cornmeal or bran throughout the garden will be devoured by them and they die!
• Make trenches 3-4 inches wide by 2-3 inches deep. Fill these with oak leaves or crushed eggshells.
• Spray your plants with a few drops of pineapple weed or sagebrush extract mixed with a quart H2O.
“Slugs are hermaphrodites: they all have male and female reproductive systems. They can stretch to 20 times their normal length enabling them to squeeze through tiny openings to get at food. Slugs can follow slime trails they left from the night before.”
“Coffee Grounds: Used coffee grounds spread around susceptible plants may work.”
“Hardware Cloth: On raised beds staple strips of hardware cloth on wood bordered beds. Extend the cloth about 2 inches beyond the edge making sure the sharp points will be encountered by slugs trying to climb over. It rips them up. You can also use aluminum screening material in the same manner. You can push the barriers directly upright into the soil for borderless beds.”
That was about 1% of the information on that page! Other pages are: Companion Plants, Critter Trouble, Disease, Garden Tips, Pesticide News and Weed Wars. Without a doubt this website will be my go to source for any enemy of my garden.
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