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Organic Solutions To Control Pests in the Garden

Organic Solutions To Control Pests in the Garden

Controlling pests in the garden with organic solutions is a safer option than opting to purchase those chemically laced products that are sold in supermarkets. Of course, there will always be some pests in the garden with either option you opt to utilize, but that’s fine because at the end of the day you need the good guys to have something to eat.

Keep in mind, though, there are those pests that are very lethal to human health, thus they need to be dealt with immediately. They carry out adverse effects to humans such as skin irritations and blisters. Some other insect pests, such as blacklegged ticks, carry Lyme disease that can take months or years to completely recover from, just like one blogger who went to Sierra Integrative Medical Center last 2014.

What Types of Plants Should You Opt For?

To control pests, the first step to undertake takes place in the winter when you are planning your garden for the approaching year. Which plants are you planning to grow to keep your garden healthy? Plants fall into two categories:

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  • Plants that repel the pests
  • Plants that attract beneficial insects

Any plant with blue flowers will attract wasps and bees. Contrary to popular belief, wasps are not that bad. Most kinds of wasps are predatory. The things that they end up eating will eat your crops. Growing marigolds and calendula around your vegetable plot can be useful, too. The orange flowers of these plants attract bees almost as well as the lavender which has the benefit of repelling snails and slugs away from your garden. Your vegetable plot doesn’t have to be ugly. Yes, you can plant colorful flowers near your vegetables.

Near your precious crops, you can opt to grow catch crops. If you plant something that pests prefer more than vegetables, they will more than likely be persuaded to go there.

Garlic is hated by aphids, snails, slugs, and carrot flies; therefore, it is often suggested that you grow it amongst your roses and outside of the vegetable garden. The big plus of garlic is that you can attain a crop from it. Nothing seems to eat chard (silver beet). Plants like this one are resistant to infestation.

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Mulching

Mulching has a handful of benefits. It conserves water, adds organic material to the soil, and keeps the weeds down. There are some mulches that can keep the pests away.

When it comes to strawberries, pine needles are a great fertilizer, as snails and slugs hate walking on it just as much as they hate eggshells. There are some gardeners who opt to cover the paths between their plots with a couple of pine needles. This seems to stop the snails sprinting on patches.

For citrus, coffee grounds make an ideal fertilizer. They are very good for your leafy plants, as they are very high in nitrogen. Coffee grounds are toxic to snails and slugs.

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Homemade Sprays to Control Garden Pests

1. Garlic

Place a whole clove of garlic into a pot that contains hot water. After performing that step, leave it overnight or longer if you can. The final step is to place the liquid into a sprayer so that you can begin spraying it over your plants. You can also opt to mix a bit of washing detergent in the mixture in order to improve this spray’s sticking power.

2. Milk

When your milk bottle has a little bit of milk left in it, don’t throw it out. Mix it with five times the volume of water and then spray it over the plants in your garden that are infested with aphids. You can also opt to mix a bit of washing detergent in the mixture in order to improve this spray’s sticking power.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed is a great way to control pets. Get some seaweed from the beach, and soak it in a bucket of water for a week. Pour the water out and dilute to about the color of weak tea. Utilize it as spray for your plants to witness less infestation on them.

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It is important to not let pests have somewhere to hide in your garden. Hence, it is important to keep your garden as tidy as possible. When you find bugs in your garden, place them in salt water or crush them. If you are squeamish, wear gloves and then integrate their remains to the compost pile. It is only fair, since they have taken something from your garden.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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