2 Ways to avoid pesticides and commercial fertilizers forever

I was recently in Colorado, and I was surprised by all the lupine growing wild. Everywhere I looked there were stretches of rich purple and pale blue flowers, and that comes to mind something very obvious that it is also very easy to forget in this day and age. It reminded me so long, long before pesticides and fertilizers were around, Mother Nature had come up with their own system for the plants to grow, prosper and flourish. If you’ve ever been in the woods, a field of wildflowers, if only in your own backyard, you can see the system in all the beautiful things they do perfectly well on their own. To really help your garden thrive, and avoid the use of chemicals, take a lesson from nature and try to take advantage of the ecological system of beneficial insects and companion planting.

2 (Awesome) Ways to Avoid Pesticides & Commercial Fertilizers Forever

Get Bugged

probably knows what you do not want in your garden, but do you know what you want? Everything will depend on where you live and what is growing, but there are a lot of insects that can attract to your yard with various shrubs and plants. A little research in your area can provide more details, but here are some common insects that are useful for gardens. The list is not very long, as companion planting is discussed in this article as well, but it gives an introduction to the idea.

1. Bees

Before you go chasing bees away, remember that their work results hard on flowers and food you like survival. Cross / pollination pollination remains healthy, diverse crops and flowers and growing in new places, and also helps your plants are propagated. A third of our food supply depends on bees, and give a healthy boost to the economy too. In the US $ 15 billion a year on crops are pollinated by bees, including apples, almonds, cucumbers, alfalfa, berries … whatever. Also in the US, which produce roughly $ 150 million in honey a year. Its value goes far beyond money, of course, but it shows how much we really depend on them. Another thing to consider is that populations are declining, so anything to help them out is always a plus.

bees

What I like

This is a short list of plants / herbs / flowers / trees that bees find attractive. There are many options, so it’s not hard to find one that suits your taste. Note that the bees are not colorblind, and I actually prefer blue flowers, purple, yellow and white. They also like ‘looking for food “in sunny areas, and are often times more sensitive to the native plants that are familiar.

-Clover
-Poppies
-Sunflowers
-Zinnias
-Geraniums
-Tansy
-Dahlias
-Blackberries
-Echinacea
-Squash
-Thyme
-Sage
-Mints
-Honeysuckle
-Hawthorns
-Poplar
-Sycamore

2. Ladybugs

These insects looking for friendship can be nice for us, but aphids and the worst nightmare of a black fly. A ladybug living for a year can eat more 5,000 aphids, so if you find that infest a plant, no stifling with chemicals. If you have ladybugs, once they reach the ground, they quickly consume. If you find that you are having difficulty attracting them , you have the option to order online and deliver them in your garden (do it in the dark will minimize the number flying.) also, you can cover a light screen or mesh through an infested plant and release ladybugs below it It will not take them long to find food.

ladybugs

what love

-Wild mustard
-Calendula
Dill
-Marigold
-Nettle (which can be used for tea)
Tansy
carrot -Wild
-water (this is not a plant, but watering your garden helps keep post)

3. butterflies

butterflies and flowers were made for each other like an old French poet once said, “the butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.” There are just a joy to watch, but the butterflies help pollinate your garden and keep their growth and reproduction. butterfly gardens are also a great way to introduce young people to gardening, the importance of which can never be underestimated.

butterflies

What I like

-Butterfly Bush
– lupine
Pansy
-Mint
-Lilac
‘Wise
echinacea -Purple
-Snapdragon

4. green lacewings

These, slow-moving nocturnal feeders delicate feed mainly on nectar as adults, but as larvae, which has the nickname “aphid lion.” Available as eggs, these kids are less likely to wander then ladybugs, and a single larva can eat up to 200 aphids a week! Whenever there are attractive plants for adults, who may be attracted to stay and breed to reduce aphids in your garden. They lay their eggs outside the confines of a plant with aphids to give the larva a good meal when they hatch, and also feeds on certain mites and white flies also.

green lacewings

What I like

-Angelica
-Caraway
-Dill
-Fennel
-Tansy
-Prairie Sunflower

5. Big bug eyes

Not to be confused with the real bug, a plague, a big-eyed bug are resistant insects that can survive in a wide variety of habitats, and eat pests such as mites and other small insects such as whiteflies, scissors to cut the cabbage aphids. Although not as pretty as a butterfly, with a good appetite and do good to eat their meals! Another advantage is that they eat the insects in all stages of life, and not simply as larvae or adults. Although not terribly common, the big-eyed bug eat some nectar to sustain if food is scarce.

What I like

A lot of things in the daisy family appeal to them.

-Marigold
-Chamomile
-Yarrow
daisy-common

Companion planting

Companion planting it is a method for controlling / deter pests through plant acting as a decoy or deterrent to another. To get the benefits of pest control, as well as plants that help each other directly, sometimes, for example, a higher floor could put in shade for sun-sensitive once and often attract beneficial insects in the process. Here are just a few examples of combinations of well proven companion plants.

basil

1. Corn and beans: Beans attract beneficial insects that feed on corn pests such as leaf beetles and fall armyworms

2. cucumbers and sunflowers. A sunflower has sturdy stems that provide support to cucumber plants, while cucumbers wide of the shade the soil and keep it moist, helping to reduce weed leaves. Some people think that cucumbers perform best when planted with sunflowers.

3. basil and tomatoes: basil and tomatoes are a great match at lunchtime, but in fact a great game when planted together too. Basil helps prevent spider mites, aphids, whiteflies and can damage your tomatoes.

4. Strawberries and lettuce Lettuce is a vegetable that grows shallow, while strawberries extend beyond its roots in the soil. They make good companions culture because they are not competing for space root.

5. * * Legumes and fill in the blank: Legumes are a great hope for reducing the need for nitrogen fertilizers. Given that the floor is suitable for them, which convert nitrogen gas from air in a form of the plant available, and added to the soil, reducing the need for commercial fertilizers. They can lead to increased soil fertility, and are beneficial when grown in the company of a wide variety of plants.

Companion planting does take some research to ensure that a plant actually does not interfere with another in any way, but it’s an incredible opportunity to improve your garden naturally so. You can extend, of course, even beyond two companions.

What is gardening around, if not re-create some of this fascinating wild beauty and benefit from it, near your home? It seems totally counterintuitive in my mind that you soak your plants in chemicals to make them look good or “healthy”, especially when we can take advantage of a natural system that has been shown (and safe) for ages. The gardens are ecosystems, just look closely at a natural one would expect to see yet, and the void? Of course not, look closely and you will see a variety of life, from birds to insects and all the animals in the middle. The next time you are tempted to take pesticides, remember that there is a balance in nature that works very well and one that will help your garden really come alive, if only you take the time to promote it.

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