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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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