Dealing with bugs in the garden can be a challenging situation. While there are several chemically-based sprays available to eliminate pests, this can be detrimental to the garden you work hard to grow. Furthermore, the bug spray not only removes pests but it can also remove beneficial insects at the same time. With no current bugs or predators, there will be a chasm in the yard’s ecosystem for other pests to enter which may be recreating the problem. This article will provide information on how to spray for bugs using natural methods and keep the garden well-maintained organically.

1. Protecting The Crops

The majority of cabbage, broccoli, and other brassica growers will agree that the best form of attack is defense. To protect your vegetables effectively, it is highly recommended that you opt for some fine mesh netting and turn this netting into a vertical ”fence’. The fence should be approximately two feet high and placed around the crops to eliminate any low-flying pests, such as the carrot fly. If you cannot find any fine mesh netting, it is also possible to use horticultural fleece.

If you want to use a more targeted form of protection, it is recommended that you focus on the type of crop. For example, a cabbage collar can be used to defend cabbages from cabbage root flies laying eggs. To make this collar, merely slit a circle of thick cardboard to the center and then place it around the plant’s stem at the soil line.

Garden pests can also infiltrate the garden using leaves or through the potting soil of store-purchased plants. To avoid this problem, it is advised that you always check store-bought plants carefully before introducing them to your yard.

2. Improving The Garden Setting

Evidence has shown that the majority of bug predators, including the hoverfly, can also play the role of pollinators or nectar lovers. This means that growing flowers near the vegetable patch can help introduce the hoverfly to the area and protect the vegetables. It may also be beneficial to use trap-cropping to make the crops less appealing. Trap-cropping uses a pest’s favorite food and draws them to the trap instead of the vegetables.

In addition to improving the garden setting to introduce pest predators to the area, it is important that the vegetable beds are kept neat. It is vital that all excess compost or plant debris is removed from the crop beds to prevent pests from hiding under the dead leaves or stems. Be sure to give the greenhouses regular ‘clean outs’ to avoid this problem.

Crop rotation can be a useful method to prevent crop-specific pests accumulating in the soil. This can be done by digging up at least a few inches of soil between the crops and exposing any bugs to birds that eat insects. If by chance, you have chickens it could be beneficial to allow them to ‘search and destroy’ in the area.

Final Words

As can be seen, there are different natural options available when attempting to remove bugs from a vegetable crop. Using the information above, you can determine if this option is suitable for your needs. Get to know more at