Plant Health, Care and Protection
Whichever kind of garden you’re growing, your plants are bound to bring in harmful pests at some point. It’s not your fault! That’s part of plant life. But if you don’t get ahead of it, your precious plants may catch a disease or two.
Don’t stress! Decades of study from experts moved us away from taking chances with pest control.
Today, we’ve created plenty of solutions for pest problems and plant disease. You may spot shelves upon shelves of pesticides and bug sprays when you go to supermarkets.
But recently, there’s been a trend of “going green”. This means going with more eco-friendly ways to protect plants from pests and diseases. These organic methods have become rather popular in both gardening and floristry. And for good reason, too! They keep plants far healthier than chemical or artificial remedies do. They’re even easier on the pocket!
In this blog post, we talk about three important aspects of plant health, care, and protection. We’ll emphasize successful organic remedies for your garden.
First, we examine a few standard guidelines for keeping your garden healthy and well-nourished. This will help you keep it full of life from the time you plant them until you collect their produce.
Next, we talk about the best pesticides to guard your plants from bugs and insects. We also show you proven fixes for pesky weeds.
Finally, we find out which flowers and plants can ward off pests. This is another natural way to eliminate pests that won’t harm your garden!
Interested in a formal course? Want to get certified as a gardening expert? We encourage you to look into organizations offering classes in floristry, like:
- American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org)
- National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org)
- American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org)
- American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org)
Raising a Healthy Garden
Take it from the experts. You’re going to want to make sure your plants are healthy and nourished throughout their growth. This way, you can guarantee they blossom into gorgeous flowers, fragrant herbs, or fresh vegetables!
Here are a few useful pointers for raising a healthy garden. You’ll thank us later!
- Before you buy your plants, inspect them for rotten roots. Check for bug-infested leaves or stems too.
- Make sure to use only fully-composted waste and mulch to prevent disease and infection.
- Do your research on which fertilizer best suits your garden and stick to it.
- Keep alert watch of bugs in your garden to minimize unwanted infestation.
- In the autumn season, make sure leaves don’t pile up too much. With this, you won’t get an uneven proportion of green and brown materials for your mulch.
- Water your plants with the right amount and time intervals.
- Late winter is the optimal time to prune sickly limbs back to healthy, living tissue. Be sure to do this to prevent further infection or get new diseases.
- Whatever you do – Prevent. Overcrowding.
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Organic Pest Control and Herbicides
It’s tempting to grab chemical repellents when you encounter pest troubles. After all, they’re fast and easy solutions, right?
But remember: the more chemical treatments you give your garden, the less nutrients your plants receive from the soil! Plus, it makes plants even more prone to disease and infection.
The basic guideline is to keep your garden as diverse as possible. Keep various kinds of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees all nestled in the soil. Plant them in smaller groups through the garden. Place in a healthy mixture of aged compost and brown and green mulch. This will help keep pests from preying on a whole lot of plants.
But there are many other all-natural ways to protect your beloved garden! Here is some expert advice on keeping weeds, diseases, insects, and bugs away.
Stop these pesky things from ever starting up in your yard! Top-dress your new planted plot 2 to 3 inches deep with corn gluten. Then, water it all throughout.
If weeds have already sprouted in the soil, drench them in a mix of vinegar and a few drops of liquid soap. Be sure to keep nearby plants and flowers safe from the acidic spray. You can do this by wrapping them in newspapers.
From My Decorative
Protect your bed of roses from powdery mildew or “black spot” with a distinct tonic. This is a blend of 2 tablespoons of baking soda, half a tablespoon of liquid soap in about 2 liters of water.
A fact unfamiliar to many people, chamomile tea is an all-inclusive cure for fungal diseases. Infuse 16 tea bags or about 2 cups of dried flowers in very hot water. Use the cooled down product to water your diseased plants.
Want an easier, less taxing solution? Dissolve 2 aspirin tablets in 1 quart of water. Spray the solution on plants with black spot, mildew, rust, and other fungal diseases.
From UMN Extension
Blasting small insects like aphids and mites with water will get them off your plants. For more stubborn bugs, remove them with adhesive tape.
Brew a fistful of basil leaves and fragrant herbs (e.g. lavender, rosemary, sage, mint, etc.). Use them to do away with creepy crawlers.
For slugs and snails, build a barrier of thin copper wires around your plants. This will give those pests a mild yet scaring shock. For best results, you can also build a shallow perimeter of pine needles, coffee grounds, cracked eggshells. This will produce a scratchy boundary that will throw them off the path.
From Food and Thought
Pest-Repellent Flowers and Plants
So far we’ve learned about natural pest control remedies! Now let’s have a look at the following lineup of plants and flowers proven to have natural resistance against pests and diseases.
Growing a garden of lovely blooms or flavorful herbs is no easy task! But fragrant plants often draw in bugs and other insects. These will drain them of their nutrients and worse, stunt their growth.
Luckily, there are helpful little beauties of nature that organically fend off pests! They save you the time and expense of artificial pest control solutions. Even better, they keep a wonderful sense of balance and diversity in your garden! This guarantees your garden stays protected from nasty diseases and bug infestations.
Here is a list of pest-repellent plants and flowers! Many of these are also ideal for gardening rookies. They’re easy to look after and maintain!
From Nitty Gritty Life