Disease-Pests

Food Garden Pests & Plant Diseases

  • Review Your Use of Pesticides
    Native Americans and early settlers obviously did not have today’s chemical controls available to them; they relied primarily on cultural and physical methods to control pests.
  • No Chemical Gardening
    Public concern over the use and misuse of pesticides has led increasing numbers of home gardeners to seek means of "natural" pest control. Although some people do not have the time or knowledge to practice all the available alternative methods for controlling pests, there are many cultural practices which will help reduce losses.
  • Chamomile a Mild Fungicide
    One of the most common problems people face when starting seeds is a fungus called damping-off.
    To avoid this problem there are several things you can do, but a really easy to use, and great preventative, is Chamomile Tea.

Insect Pests

  • Squash Bug
    Ewwww! Squish the Stinky Bugs on your squash!
  • Cabbage Worms
    Learn to identify and control cabbage worms organically.
  • Potato Beetle
    Learn to identify and control cabbage worms organically.
  • Controlling Slugs
    Unfortunately, there is no foolproof method for eradicating slugs. All one can hope for is to reduce their numbers and protect plants when they’re at a vulnerable stage.

Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

  • Beneficial Insects
    A guide to choosing and using beneficial insects and how to apply them.
  • The “Do-Good” Bugs
    A guide to choosing and using beneficial insects, mites and nematodes.
  • Luring Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
    Create a garden that is friendly to beneficial insects and let nature control the pests that eat your cabbages and roses.
  • Benefit and Value of Insects
    The growing public concern over the use and misuse of pesticides has led increasing numbers of home gardeners to seek means of “natural” pest control. Although some people do not have the time or knowledge to practice all the available alternative methods for controlling pests, there are many cultural practices which will help reduce losses.

Organic Sprays

  • Edible Insecticides
    The reality of any kind of gardening is that at some point you WILL encounter pests. While there are hundreds of products lining the shelves of your local garden center
    designed to erradicate bugs from the garden, you probably have ingredients in your own kitchen that will do an effective job without contaminating the food chain or harming the environment.
  • Organic Gardening- Recipes for Sprays
    Use of organic sprays are more friendly to the environment. They are comprised of common organic materials, soaps and occasionally other environmentally friendly materials.
  • Pepper as a Pesticide
    Organic gardeners have known it for generations. But scientists have now proved it. Extracts from black pepper discourage insect pests from laying eggs on leaves and pose lower risk to humans and the environment than other pesticides.
centipede

centipedes eat aphids and other soft bodied insects