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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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