Organic control of pests

Many pesticides do not discriminate between the good and bad bugs. They can also end up in your plants which are then eaten by you. Organic farming utilises other methods to control pests and weeds. These include:

  • Companion planting – Certain plants provide beneficial qualities when planted together. Eg. Marigolds control nematodes (minute worms in the soil) that attack many plants, especially tomatoes. 
  • Mulching can suppress many weed species.
  • Healthy plants are less susceptible to pests and disease. Maintaining watering and fertilizing will improve their resistance to attack.
  • Traps and manual control – Coffee grinds deter snails, a careful look at your plants may show up hiding grasshoppers and caterpillars.
  • Biological control – If you take a quiet seat, you will soon discover the army of lizards patrolling the farm. These little helpers have a verocious appetite. Placing a few rocks around your plot will encourage the lizards to stay and feed on any grubs and insects they can find. You may also notice the Magpies, Willy wagtails, Kookaburras and other birds that frequent the farm. They all are an effective method of controlling pests.

Recipes to come....


Organic fertiliser recipes to come...

  • Comfrey and manure
  • Worm castings

 

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