Garden Tips, Grow Flowers, Grow Vegetable, Pest Control

How to control Ants, Snails and Slugs

Garden Pest Control

Garden pest control is one thing you will need to get used to if you want to make gardening a pleasant and rewarding experience. You can’t avoid it.

Ants, snails and slugs are generally considered by most people as garden pests that you have to control by either killing them or discouraging them from eating your precious vegetable plants.

However, you must do that without using toxic pesticides because, as you are probably aware, we are all in an “eco-friendly” state of mind.

So, let me offer these suggestions:

Ants

Ants have their place in your garden. They aerate the soil and feed on the larvae of other insect pests. However, no matter how useful they may be, I concede that sometimes you need to control them.

The problem is it’s not so easy to find a way to do that without resorting to harmful chemical products. I have come across several methods which purport to offer non-toxic solutions in controlling or killing ants, for example borax and sugar, garlic and cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, etc.

Unfortunately, the jury is still out on many of these “solutions”. Some people swear by them, others not so much. And, unless I’m mistaken, isn’t borax poisonous?

Anyway, for me the single, most effective method to control ants is to locate the anthill and eliminate it. Kill the queen and you will disperse the colony. What you do is bait the workers with something they can’t resist, like petroleum jelly or peanut butter and follow them to the nest. Then, just pour hot water inside and all over the nest.

In saying that, I hope the ants did the right thing by building their nest on your land and not on your neighbor’s! (I’ve actually known someone who faced this dilemma).

Snails and slugs

Snails and slugs will devour your plant in one sitting. Even though they move around slowly, they are very destructive! Assuming that you’re not keen on collecting them by hand, here are a couple of ideas:

Set traps

Get a few small containers, each about 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 3 inches (7.5 cm) deep and bury them so the rim is roughly at ground level. Bury them in places where the snails and slugs are most likely to be active and half fill them with beer, wine, yeast mixed with water or a 5% sugar water solution. Now, you just wait for the snails and slugs to find your traps, slither in and drown.

Coffee Spray

I haven’t tried this one but I’ve heard it works very well. Dilute 1 part strong expresso with 10 parts water. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture and spray your seedlings and surrounding areas thoroughly. The snails and slugs will consume the caffeine and die.

By adopting non-toxic garden pest control and procedures in this way, you will ensure that you get to eat healthy, organic food which has not been exposed in any way to synthetic chemicals.

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Garden Tips, Grow Vegetable

Choosing A Good Vegetable to Grow

Choosing A Good Vegetable Gardening Guide

The purpose of a vegetable gardening guide is to make you more educated on the basics of vegetable gardening, as well as help you to get the ball rolling and produce the best vegetable garden that you possibly can …

If you are interested in getting started in vegetable gardening, then a good idea is to set a sort of vegetable gardening guide out for yourself. The purpose of this guide will be to make you more educated on the basics of vegetable gardening, as well as help you to get the ball rolling and produce the best vegetable garden that you possibly can.

healthy soil

Vegetable Gardening – Getting Started

The first step in any good vegetable gardening guide involves deciding on a size for the garden. Remember that you do not want to make it too large especially if you are just a beginner to gardening, because you may end up finding that you took on too much and become overwhelmed, which is definitely something that you do not want to do.

Keeping it simple is always the best idea, because vegetable gardening should be fun, and if you stick with a smaller sized garden, at least in the beginning, you will be less likely to feel discouraged and frustrated.

You also need to choose a site for your garden that is going to receive plenty of sunlight a day, at least six to eight hours if possible. Once you have determined where you want to place your vegetable garden then you can really get started, and now you want to remove the sod from the site. This is important because it speeds up the composting process if you rip up the sod into smaller pieces.

If you can frame the bed area then this is ideal, not only because it will help contain the water in the garden but also because it will help to keep many unwanted pests and critters out. Also the soil will warm up sooner in the spring and you will not have as big a problem with weeds.

Sowing seed is important with any garden, and here you want to start sowing as early in the season as you can. Remember that you should only grow what you and your family can eat, and then if you find that you are managing well you can always add on to your garden easily enough. What you are really trying to do here is have small successes that are going to end up building into something greater over time. Vegetable gardening can be a lot of fun and is also a great way to get outside and stay active.

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