Keep checking for pests...most important for growing organic herbs!
Often pests go unnoticed for a longer period and build up a big
population. Make it a habit to check your plants closely particularly
the undersides of the leaves.
At the early stages of an infestation you might be able to just
remove the pests or some infected shoots before they spread everywhere.
The most common pests to look out for are greenflies, blackflies, scale insects and some caterpillars.
Growing Organic Herbs - Organic Ways To Treat Pests
Spraying with chemicals is not really an option when growing herbs
for consumption. The best is to find organic ways to deal with the
Depending on the plant the easiest thing to do is to get rid of it. I
know that this might sound harsh but some plants particularly some
are simply not worth the time and effort.
Just start new ones from seed and get rid of the infected ones before they spread the pests onto all your other plants.
Your more valuable perennial herbs of course you don't want to throw
away. You can treat pests like greenflies or scale insects with organic
contain fatty acids or pyrethrin.
These organic sprays kill insects but you have to make sure to
hit all the pests. Make sure to reach the undersides of the leaves as
well as the
stems of the plants. After treating your plants it might be better to
wait for a couple of weeks before you use them to make sure that the
sprays have been
Neem oil works as a repellent and kills the bugs as well after a
period of time. Neem oil is a great thing that should not be missing in
toolbox for growing organic herbs. It is very useful to keep the bugs
away in the first place.
Try a 1-2% solution depending on the severity of the problem. Keep in
mind that it won't kill the insects instantly and works over a period of
time. If you
want to learn more about Neem oil check www.discoverneem.com.
Special Tip For Emergencies
A quick first emergency measure for organic aphid control is to just take the hose and wash the insects off you plants. Another way is to hang
the plants upside down into a bucket of water for two hours.
Use two sticks to hold the root-ball on the bucket. This of course only works for smaller plants.
Using Beneficial Insects For Growing Organic Herbs
Another organic aphid control method is the use of beneficial insects. This is a very efficient and an environmental friendly way of dealing with
problem. You order the insects online and release them onto your plants upon arrival.
The most popular ones are Lady Bug larvae or Green Lacewings for
controlling greenflies. They just eat away on the pests until they are
Fungi and bacteria attack plants that are planted too closely
or are kept too moist. Both problems can be solved easily by allowing
more air in between the plants and reducing the watering.
Believe it or not but milk is a very effective way to treat fungi
like mildew. Mix one part of milk to nine parts of water and spray it
onto the foliage
once a week. Very cheap, not poisonous and very effective!
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