Organic Gardening

Caring for a garden with organic methods has a lot of benefits. The flowers, fruits, and vegetables are grown without the use of any pesticides. Instead, non-toxic household products and certain animals are used to keep a garden free of pests. The old saying says “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is true when it comes to preventing insect damage to a garden.

Organic gardening

The most simple way to prevent insect damage to a garden is to discourage them from entering the garden to begin with. One way to do that is to get rid of any weak plants. Weak plants could already be infected. If they are not presently infected, they will attract predators. Pull the plant and dispose of it in a location that is not close to the garden. Another way to prevent insects from entering a garden is to build healthy and organic soil. Ways to do this are using natural ways to compost, mulch, and top-dress soil with compost or natural fertilizer. This will result in plants that are strong and thriving. Using seaweed mulch or spray is very beneficial to a garden because seaweed contain trace elements like iron, zinc, barium, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium that promote healthy growth in plants. Seaweed fertilizer in mulch or spray form will encourage growth and give plants the strength that they need to safeguard themselves against disease.

Getting rid of debris in a garden is important to keeping it clear of bugs due to the fact that bugs like to breed in debris. Be sure to always use clean mulch. Inter planting and rotating crops also keeps a garden free of bugs. Some insects are only attracted to a certain kind of plant. When plantings are mixed, pests are less likely to spread throughout a crop. Rotating crops on a yearly basis is a common method of avoiding re-infestation of pests that have over-wintered in the garden bed. It is also essential to disinfect the garden tools if a person has been working with plants that have been infested. A proper cleaning of tools prior to moving on to other parts of the garden will cut down the speed of invading insects. There are also a lot of animals that help control the growth of pests in a garden.


Certain insects are very helpful in controlling the population of pests in a garden. Some of these insects include the: ladybug (and their larvae also), the green lacewing, spiders, yellow jackets, parasitic wasps, syrphid flies,and wheel bugs. Ladybugs eat destructive bugs like aphids, mites, whiteflies, and scale. Lacewings eat aphids and their larvae eat aphids and other kinds of pesky insects. What attracts them to a garden are “composite” flowers like yarrow, goldenrod, black-eyed susans, and asters. Flowers such as members of the daisy, tansy, or yarrow family attract them to a garden. The parasitic wasp puts its eggs in aphids. If garden owners are having trouble with mosquitoes, then attracting a lot of the many common American garden birds is a good idea because they eat mosquitoes.