Use these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet to keep out pesky garden insects.
You work hard to grow your vegetable or flower garden, only to have your hard work ruined by garden insects. While some insects are actually helpful in the garden–ground beetles, for example–some can cause serious damage to your vegetables and flowers. With these simple tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can keep out insect garden pests.
7 Tips for Keeping Out Garden Insects
1. Use coffee grounds – Insects, especially aphids, don’t like coffee. Sprinkling coffee grounds in your garden can also help keep away slugs and snails. When you’re done brewing your pot of coffee, simply use your leftover coffee grounds.
2. Make citrus spray – Grate the rind of an orange or lemon and mix it with 16 ounces of boiling water. Let the mixture steep overnight, and filter it through a coffee filter into a spray bottle. Spray any aphids and underneath the leaves where they like to gather. Reapply the spray for about a week.
3. Bring in beneficial bugs – Insects such as ladybugs (not to be confused with pesky Japanese beetles) and green lacewings will actually prey on common garden insect pests. Plants such as dill, fennel and cilantro can all attract beneficial garden insects.
4. Keep supplies clean – This may seem obvious, but it’s essential to clean up buckets and containers used to harvest fruits and vegetables. Any residue left in the buckets is the perfect breeding ground for insects.
5. Tuna cans of beer – Yep, beer can be used to trap slugs and snails. Fill up empty tuna or cat food cans with beer to trap the little pests.
6. Bury potatoes in the soil – Slice up a few potatoes, skewer them, and bury them a few inches into the soil. After a few weeks, pull up the potatoes. Insect pests will be feasting on the potatoes instead of your root crops.
7. Use a safe insect killer – If you’re looking for quick results, insect killer can do the trick. If you’re spraying it on fruits and vegetables, make sure you choose an insect killer that’s safe for edibles.
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