Pests and bugs
I love when my garden is green and lush. However the "leaf-eating" bugs also love my green and lush garden...How can you stop the bugs from attacking your plants?
Well, number one is to keep the garden area clean and free from debris and hiding places for pests.
Number two is to use chemical-free products in your garden which repel the bugs naturally.
Peppermint, Clove, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemongrass, Rosemary, or Arborvitae essential oils repel bugs naturally.
I put 10 drops of any of these oils in a spray bottle with water (preferably when the weather is not very hot) and spray the areas of concern. Simple, safe and it works!
But when it comes to specifics, here’s how to get rid of three main pests:
Aphids. Use a neem oil based spray. This natural method is easy on plants, but gets rid of the aphids. Aphids can also be controlled to a certain extent by planting some “trap crops” like alyssum, dill, and yarrow around the garden that attracts the aphids instead.
Squash bugs. Squash bugs can survive cold winters and hide almost anywhere. Check for eggs on the underside of the leaves of the plants (they are usually orange in colour) and squish them before they hatch.
Spider mites. They love dry areas and dust. Try to control by misting the plants–water bothers them.