Until relatively recently the word organic was thought of as being the domain of a sort of far out, fringe group of folk.

The rest got on with their gardening using whatever products were available or sold to them to enhance their crops and control the garden nasties.

Things have changed rapidly more recently though with greater knowledge and clear evidence of the harm that chemicals can do.

We would actually rather not be poisoned by chemicals thank you very much.

These days we now understand that the effects of chemical treatments go far further than just providing a temporarily solution to a given problem. Chemical use can contaminate the plants we treat, the ground in which plants grow, the wildlife that feeds on the treated pests. And so the cycle goes around and around. Nature is interactive and inter-dependant. It becomes obvious that sooner or later we all experience repercussions from chemical use.

There is a growing understanding (‘scuse the pun) that nature, after all, does know best. And she has been at it for quite a while with considerable success.

It’s probable we’ve all heard words of wisdom from some of the old school gardeners who have techniques and secrets for getting the best from their flowers and crops and know a thing or two about organic pest control. Many of these ideas have been passed down from previous generations.

Added to which there are new discoveries being made from research.

I’m sure we all want to practice and benefit from organic gardening methods. Many of nature’s ways are cheaper too!

Here’s one organic pest control solution for dealing with aphids, white fly and the like.

Harness the power of the Ladybug.

 

Mother Earth News published an article entitled ‘Organic Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t’ which published the results of  a reader survey to find their best solutions for dealing with the top ten pests. Makes for some interesting reading.

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