Welcome to bug week!
This week I will cover garden pests, beneficial insects, bees and butterflies!
Stay connected with my “bug week” blogs over the course of the next few days to learn more about what every gardener should know during the season!
As we know, the best part about being a gardener is the immense beauty a garden brings to our backyard during the peak of summer. Lets face it; even the healthiest gardens will encounter bugs eating away at our timely investment. A huge part about a successful garden occurs with knowing the difference between pests and beneficial insects.
Sometimes, we have to control and mitigate any unwarranted parts of our business; it’s part of the job! I encourage you to prepare for those garden pests prior to the season. Luckily, there are ways to keep out unwanted pests using nontoxic methods!
Here are a few pointers I found important before I dive into bug week! Don’t be afraid, we’ve got you covered on the ins and outs of what’s in your garden.
What are garden pests?
- Any insect or animal inhibiting your garden creating a negative impact. Pests are grouped together according the way they damage plants.
What are beneficial insects?
- Any of a number of species of insects that perform valued services like pollination and pest control.
So, what’s a Jersey gardener to do about the upcoming season?
- Research and read my blog on the difference between pests and beneficial bugs!
- Gather a natural pest control plan.
- Scout your garden for any problems early on and during the season.
- Become familiar with organic/natural insecticides — DIY remedies and over the counter products.
Where do pests attack?
- Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, soil & your beautiful produce (the worst!)
What should you know about integrated pest management?
- Read the label thoroughly and follow directions!
- ALWAYS buy products that have an OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute) seal on it meaning it is organically approved!
- Never use toxic pesticides
- Choose pest control that is as specific to the pest as possible
- Only spray as needed
- Use safe insecticides like Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) among many other products. This is OBF’s go to spray for leafy pests!
- Only apply sprays when the sun is low in the sky. You don’t want your plants to sunburn!
- Spray plants generously and in direct contact with the pests, not from above!
- Do not drown your plant in sprays. Give the plant a day or two to react to your integrated method.
What plants repel pests?
- Maximize your garden with natural pest control using plants that repel pests and attract beneficial bugs
- All and any herbs
- Ornamental Flowers
- Carnivorous Plants
The first topic I will discuss is harmful pests within our gardens and how to control them! Stay connected with me during #Bugweek