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Controlling Garden Pests Without Chemicals

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Controlling Garden Pests Without Chemicals

Deer eating your garden - Organic Garden Gurlz Fort Wayne, IndianaIf you are like us, you love to share your herb garden with family and friends, and you don’t even mind if some of the native wildlife takes an occasional taste, but you can get bothered and annoyed if invasive insect pests take up residence and claim the best of what you have planted.  Luckily, most herbs aren’t really affected by bugs like other types of flowers in your garden, especially woody varieties, such as thyme and lavender.  However, there are other herbs that can be a challenge to grow to harvestable quantities, like my basil.  Not only do deer love basil, but it appears to attract garden slugs. So when you’re growing organically you might find that you’re going to get some slug holes on your leaves, early in the growing season.   One good way to grow organically, and to not have that problem, is spread a layer of bark dust over your garden bed.  Even acorns or seashells will work, if they are available.  Another good  trick to growing organically is to just use raised beds with good drainage, and make sure there’s not a lot foliage on the very bottom of each plant – just trim them up a little bit, so the slugs don’t have something to grab on to. Continue reading