Organic Pest Control to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garden

organic insecticideBy now I am sure you understand all the benefits of growing an organic vegetable garden. If not, you can check out our post “Why Grow an Organic Vegetable Garden“. In this post we not only discuss the benefits of an organic garden but also talk about how to establish the bed, fertilize and weed control.

What we did not talk about was insecticides. Lets face it, as much as we may want to protect everything in nature, no one wants to share their dinner with bugs. But if you look at any label of those store bought products that are filled with chemicals, they will have warnings on the dangers of ingestion or contact with skin or eyes. Doesn’t sound too safe to spray on something we intend to eat.

So how do we keep the bugs away and still produce fresh and organic vegetables? The answer is pretty simple, take control and make your own with essential oils. Below are some recipes you can use to keep those pests away-

INSECTICIDE Recipes:

Items needed
• Distilled water
• Spray bottle
• Liquid dish soap (biodegradable)
Spearmint essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Lavender essential oil
• Blue tansy essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil

Preparation
• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with distilled water
• Add 1 ½ tablespoons of liquid dish soap
• Add 3–4 drops of each essential oil
• Mix and spray generously on plants, fruits, and vegetables

Other Recipes-

•20 drops of Abundance and 20 drops Oregano to 16 ounces of water, 1 drop non toxic dish soap and mist the plants.

Thieves cleaner – in a standard size spray bottle, fill almost full of water and then add enough Thieves Cleaner to color the water.

Did you know?
• Spearmint essential oil can help deter ants, caterpillars, fleas, gnats, moths, spiders and aphids
•Peppermint essential oils can help deter ants, aphids, beetles, caterpillars, fleas, flies, moths, and spiders
• Citronella essential oil can help deter gnats and mosquitoes
• Lavender essential oil can help deter fleas, moths, mosquitoes, ticks and flies
• Blue tansy essential oil can help deter flies
• Cedarwood essential oil can help deter moths, snails and slugs
• Lemon and orange essential oils can help reduce fungi from growing on plants

So you can adjust your recipe to deter what ever bug is attacking your garden. I have done a lot of research on essential oils since getting asked all the time about organic options for bug repellent. The company that I have chosen to order all my essential oils from is Young Living. They do not use any synthetic chemicals or pesticides or herbicides on their plants (they use essential oils to deter pests and pull weeds by hand). They are also 100% therapeutic grade and far higher quality than anything you’ll find on the grocery store shelves.

You can read more about why I chose Young Living for all my essential oils or can check out Drops of EO to learn more about Young Living and essential oils. If you need help ordering the essential oils or would like us to come out and spray for you, just get in touch. We are always here to help.

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Why Grow An Organic Vegetable Garden?

Organic Garden

An organic vegetable garden can not only bring beauty to your yard and save you money on your grocery bills, but will also provide safe, chemical free and nutritious produce for your family.

Store bought vegetables are grown in fields that are most likely chemically fertilized. The problem with chemical fertilization whether in a farm field or a backyard garden is that it only focuses on 3 macro nutrients, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate. It does not provide a spectrum of micronutrients. As a result, the plants themselves are less healthy and the produce that comes from them is nutritionally incomplete.  Studies have shown that today’s produce lacks in micronutrients such as calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium and others.

By growing an organic garden you can insure that your vegetables are not only chemical free but are also nutritious to their fullest potential. An organic garden requires a bit more physical work to prep but is actually far less expensive to maintain.

When we establish an organic garden the first step is to till and loosen the soil and then add compost and micronutrients. We will then till again mixing thoroughly. At this point you are ready to plant your vegetable plants.

Once everything is planted, we like to spread corn gluten meal over the top of the bed which acts as a pre-emergent weed suppressor stopping weed seeds from germinating and providing an extra boost of natural nitrogen to the soil. Please note, if you are starting plants from seeds in your garden bed, you do not want to use corn gluten until plants have sprouted.

As the season progresses we will spray the vegetable plants with Goat Tea, organic fertilizer once a month. This makes sure that their needs are met through every step of development.

With a little work setting up and minimal up keep, you can ensure that your family will have tasty, healthy and chemical free produce.