Each plant has its mortal enemy in an insect or bacteria. Gardeners have to use pesticide to kill these unwelcome elements. But these pesticides sometimes cause serious damage to the quality of the produce. At the same time, they pollute the environment and can cause health problems to people using them and eating the vegetables.
Tips & tricks for tending your organic garden:
Here are some natural ingredients that are as effective as chemical pesticides in your organic garden.
Garlic: its enemy is grease. One can see rotten bulbs and leaves that are turning yellow in a damp and moist field. To avoid this, plant only healthy bulbs and rotate crops. Make sure your field is well drained.
Leek: Beware of leek moth! It is actually a worm that attacks the plant making it to rot. The leaves eventually turn yellow. An infusion of rhubarb is very effective.
Sprouts: The enemy is cabbage maggot. If you look carefully at the base of the plant, you can see the white grubs, the larvae of the fly. The insect is attracted by sulfur compounds. Affected plant looks lifeless. To remedy this, spread some wood ash on the soil when planting sprouts in spring. Make sure that the flies from the previous harvest have already flown away.
Tomato: The enemy is a gray mold that covers the tomatoes. To prevent the mold spray horsetail mixed with water on the tree. If it is already too late, cut off the damaged parts.
Zucchini: The enemy is the cabbage aphid that gathers on the leaves layer upon layer. You can use nettle manure to treat them.
Strawberry: Its enemies are mostly slugs and snails. These gentle creatures nibble the leaves and leave holes. They also leave traces of their passage on the fruit. Spread ground wood ash and pine needles around the strawberry plants. This is very effective.
Carrot: its enemy is a particular type of mildew in the form of a white felt that covers the leaves. As a preventive measure, you can use nettle manure. Otherwise, cut off the affected areas and treat them with a little sulfur.
Turnip: In this case the enemy is flea beetle. This black beetle makes holes in the leaves. These insects have developed hind legs, and they jump. Be careful! In the late spring they attack and sting anybody nearing their territory. The solution: sprinkle the plants with elderberry manure.
Potato: The beetles are the great enemy of the potato. The orange and black larvae of this large insect devour the leaves. In this case, unfortunately there is no miracle cure. You must pick up the insects and eggs.
Radish: The enemy is flea beetles that nibble the leaves of radish. The only way to protect your radish is to water the plants regularly.
And you? What are your recommendations for a healthy and eco-friendly organic garden?