Monday, March 3, 2014

Ways to Keep Plant Pesticides and Insects Away

As a gardener, it is critical that you understand the ways to keep plant pesticides and insects away from your crops.

The most productive means of managing insect pests in a home garden is to develop a combination of strategies such as those that are cultural, biological and even mechanical. Gardeners that cultivate crops in an organic manner relay on methods that utilize products that are non-chemical in nature.

If you have the desire to reduce your dependency on pesticides on your crops and want to eliminate the insects that have the potential to destroy those crops, it is critical that your pest management plan involves planning ways to keep plant pesticides and insects away before planting.
This is much more productive and easier than contending with a pest complication once it has disrupted your crops.

In this guide, you will learn some effective strategies on how to reduce your need for potentially harmful pesticides and will help in eliminating problems with common insects that invade the garden.

The Problem with Pesticides
In order to understand why it is important to keep pesticides away from the plant life in your garden, it is first important to understand why the use of pesticides poses problems.
As a home gardener, pesticides are commonly utilized as a type of last resort option to prevent high levels of damage from insects. In gardening, you already know that there are insects that are harmful to your crops and insects that are beneficial to your crops.
The main problem with pesticides is that they do not distinguish between insects that are considered to be “Good” and those that are considered to be “Bad”.
  • If the population of beneficial insects is reduced, the population of pest insects will increase.
  • As a result of the increased pest insects, you will discover that you continue to experience complications with your crops.
  • However, by learning some simple strategies on ways to keep plant pesticides and pest insects away, you may successfully avoid these challenges.

Use Only Healthy Soil

In order to eliminate the need for pesticides and the problems that pest insects pose to your garden, it is imperative that you ensure that you utilize only the healthiest soil for your plants.
According to professionals in the gardening industry, if the soil is healthy within a garden, the plants within that garden will be able to successfully resist diseases that hinder plant growth and pest insects that cause damage to crops.

Prior to planting the items that you wish to cultivate, you should turn the soil and add a high level of organic material such as compost and even manure.
  • By doing so, you will be adding a high level of nutrients to the soil, which will optimize its overall health. While utilizing synthetically created fertilizers may prove to be beneficial, it is best to use fertilizers that are organic due to the fact that they release nutrients through all stages of plant growth – not just upon administration of the substance like synthetic fertilizers do.

Companion Planting is Highly Beneficial

As a gardener, it is imperative to understand that there are numerous plants that contain certain types of compounds or give off certain types of compounds in order to repel pest insects in the garden.
  • If you have a desire to keep plant pesticides and troublesome insects away from your garden, you should indulge in what professionals refer to in the gardening industry as “Companion Planting”.
  • This is a special process that involves the strategic placement of plants that naturally repel pest insects next to plants that will benefit from this effect.
  • For example, if you have a row of tomatoes planted, you should place basil on either side of that row as it will help to combat the invasion of troublesome hornworms. In the same respect, if you have vegetables planted in your garden, you should place garlic near the crops so that spider mites, Japanese beetles and vegetable eating weevils are properly repelled and your vegetables are protected.

Rotate Your Crops Regularly

As a gardener, you should ensure that you rotate where you plant each of your crops each year.
This is a step that will help you successfully keep pesticides and unwanted pest insects away from your prized crops. Many insects will burrow in the soil in regions where they know that a food source has been found previously in the winter months.
  • When these insects resurface when the weather becomes warmer, they will search for the food source that they originally fed upon. If that source is not there, they will initiate a travel session in search for that food.
  • However, many of these insects will die along the way due to the fact that they are not receiving nutrition quickly enough.
  • Furthermore, many of the insects will become prey for various types of insects, and even birds.
  • When you rotate crops, you will quickly discover that the populations of troublesome insect pests will dwindle and you will experience fewer complications.


As you can see from the information contained within this guide, there are many ways to keep pesticides and pest insects from your garden. 

It is important that you remember that not all insects are considered to be “Bad”. In fact, there are many insects that may prove to be exceptionally beneficial to your cultivation efforts.
  • These insects feed on those insects that are considered to be detrimental to your crops and they assist in moving nutrients closer to the roots of your plants.
  • In order to truly eliminate unwanted pest insects from your garden, it is imperative that you research insects to determine which ones are beneficial to your crops and which ones are detrimental to your crops.
  • In your research, you will learn how to properly identify these pests and will learn many more strategies for eliminating the need for pesticides in your gardening efforts.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Growing a Butterfly Garden the Right Way

Butterflies just flit and flutter along through their lives, this article will teach gardeners how to create the perfect environment for butterfly gardens, the right way.

These creatures are magnificent with their lighter-than-air appearance. With the right know how, you can successfully attract butterflies right to your yard, so that you can enjoy them in all their glory. It only takes knowing which plants that caterpillars and adult butterflies like to feed on, and then planting them in a special area to make a butterfly garden.

    Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction

  • Natural Butterflies in You're Local Region
  • Layout
  • Sampling
  • Nectar Plants
  • Examples
  • Author

  • How to Determine the Size of Your Butterfly Garden


    Question Mark Nettle Butterflies Species

    What Butterflies are Natural to Your Local Area

    First Step in Making a Butterfly Garden

    What Butterflies are Natural to Your Local Area?

    The first step in making a butterfly garden is researching into which butterflies frequent your area. This will allow you to look up which plants these particular species of butterflies are attracted to for feeding and laying their eggs amongst them. This information is readily available on the Internet for you particular state. Research into which specific butterflies you would like to visit your yard, and narrow down exactly which flowers and plants to cultivate.

    How to Determine the Size of Your Butterfly Garden

    Your garden geared toward attracting butterflies does not have to be that large. If a window box is the only space you have, this will do nicely. You can also have a grouping of plants, somewhere in your yard or even near those woods, in an area you never cleared. Next, all you need to do is figure out, how much space you want to designate for butterflies.

    Host Plants

    You need to plant host plants for the caterpillars that emerge, from the eggs the butterflies will lay on them. These plants will be the food for the young caterpillars to grow on until they spin cocoons and emerge from them as beautiful butterflies. The butterflies search out just the right plants for laying their eggs on, because without the right ones, the caterpillars will not eat them and die, as a result. These are important plants, because this allows the butterflies to breed in your yard, instead of just visitors.

    Why are Nectar Planting Tasks Important, in the Scientific Process of Undergoing Attraction from Plants to Butterflies?

    Nectar Plants

    After the caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as butterflies, the butterflies will need nectar for their food source. This is where nectar-producing plants come in with your butterfly garden. Without these plants, the emerging butterflies would go in search of them and leave your yard. The nectar plants, as with the host plants must match the butterflies species, you wish to attract to your butterfly garden.


    How to Layout Your Butterfly Garden

    Host Plants Are Required to Be Equal to the Butterflies Species, You Want to Attract
    You can really just mix the host and nectar plants together, if you so choose. The nectar plants can help to camouflage the host plants, which are eaten on so much they may not always be attractive to look at for you. You could also group the host plants behind the nectar plants for the same results.

    How to Attract Butterflies to your Garden using Various Plant Species

    Examples of the Host and Nectar Plants and the Butterflies They Attract

    Below you will find some host plants and their corresponding caterpillars:

    Below are some nectar plants and their corresponding butterflies species:

      Nectar Plant SpeciesCommon Corresponding Butterfly + Plant Combinations

    As you can see, the above is just a small sampling, to give you an idea of some of the plants to use to attract butterflies.

    • You still have to research for your particular area of the country, before proceeding with your butterfly garden.
    • When done correctly your garden will attract stunning and exotic butterflies for years to come.

    Will Morris is a 26 year old DIY enthusiast, PC gamer, movie & TV fanatic, and cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana USA 70508.

    William is also a member of the Go Garden Guides non-profit educational research program for children, in addition to being an owner of the Greenhouse Deals Company and Guest Blog It, a website where user's can publish their niche posts on other webmasters blogs, that are related in topic, have a lot of traffic, and are an authoritative back link to pick-up.

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