Nothing is more upsetting than witnessing otherwise healthy crops being completely destroyed by bugs. It seems as though pests, such as aphids, cabbage worms, beetles, and the dreaded hornworm, can devastate crops in an instant.
But that doesn’t mean you need to stockpile an arsenal of toxic chemicals to keep your garden free of pests. To put it bluntly, many commercial sprays, dust, and other pest control methods do more harm than benefit for the environment.
The fact that they are non-discriminatory makes it difficult to know whether or not they may be used safely on edible fruits and vegetables.
There is a way out of this. We’ve been successfully battling pests in our garden for years with just three easy-to-find natural remedies.
You can rely on companion planting as your go-to strategy for keeping pests at bay in the garden. It works miracles!
When certain plants grow next to each other, they form advantageous partnerships. As a good example of how to prevent pests from causing damage in the garden, consider basil, tomatoes, and pepper plants.
When it comes to tomato pests, basil is a well-known repellent. In addition, it naturally protects tomato and pepper plants when planted alongside or close by. Basil, on the other hand, is said to enhance the flavor of tomatoes when cultivated close by.
When onions and garlic are grown near cabbage and other members of the Brassicaceae family, it functions in a similar way to keep garden pests at bay. To keep cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower pest free, both onion juice and garlic are good deterrents for cabbage moths and worms as well as loopers.
And it’s so simple! At planting time, simply add a few additional bulbs to your cabbage or broccoli rows!