Garden Insects: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I’ll bet your vegetable garden is full of insects. But how do you tell them apart? There are those that are helpful, those that are just annoying, and those that are really detrimental to your vegetables.

The easiest approach is to keep out the bad ones as much as possible by putting plants in and among your garden vegetables that they just don’t like, such as marigolds, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary and other pungent herbs. The next step up is to use repellant materials like sprays that are organic and safe for people but not on the unwanted garden guests. Just make sure that whatever you use is OMRI certified and says so on the label. Next up is to kill off offenders like aphids and June bugs. Again, look for the OMRI certification on the label to let you know that it is safe and organic.

Make sure you apply the spray under all the leaves, because that’s where these guys hang out. If you don’t want to go that far, get some predatory insects in your garden to target the bad ones. Ladybugs are great and will eat all of the aphids infesting your garden. Spiders are also great to have around the vegetable bed too. Check out this video for some other organic gardening pest control tips.

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