Now is the time to start planning your garden, what your going to grow, how much your going to grow, where your going to grow it and etc. One thing you should be considering is how do I plant a garden that is most resistant towards destructive garden insects. These enemies of the garden can make your dream garden a nightmare. There are many ways of dealing with these pests when you have them but like many things in life the best defense is a good offense, if you think about and plan this out ahead of time you can save yourself a lot of misery later.
What Things Can I Do?
Know Your Enemy!
It’s important to know what you need to defend against. There are many insects that are harmful for your garden but there are also many that are your friends. Study what insects are common to your area, get to know what attracts them, what they like and what they don’t like. Having this information is extremely helpful in planning your garden. Here is a chart listing a few destructive insects common in the garden. depending on your area your list may look different but these are a few common ones.
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Attract The Right Insects.
If there are good ones that eat the bad ones then it makes sense to attract the the good ones so they can eat the bad ones. ground breaking stuff right there isn’t it, that is a very simple concept but it’s amazing how many people don’t think like this. In the minds of many “all bugs are bad” but that isn’t the case. This wrong thinking is what leads people to use an abundance of pesticides that kill all the bugs.
Unfortunately what is usually going to attract the good bugs is the presence of the bad bugs but not always, some of these beneficial insects are also drawn by plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees. Sometimes it’s the color that attracts them, sometimes it’s the smell, maybe they eat the plants also. Figure out the destructive insects that are common to your area and then find the insect that is their enemy and do your homework on what it takes to bring them in. This may mean you need to plant a certain flower or herb sporadically throughout your vegetable garden or maybe build some sort of water feature to create a different environment.
Don’t Make It Easy For Them.
When you find that there is a certain insect insect in your area that wreaks havoc on a certain plant don’t make it easy for them to go from plant to plant. Planting your identical crops in rows or all together in raised beds makes it very easy for the insect to go from one plant to the next eating his way to your destruction. Find good companion plants for each plant in your garden and alternate your plants. This is also a good practice that helps prevent disease from spreading through your garden. Here is a link to a chart of good companion plants for some common garden vegetables. Companion-Planting-Chart.pdf
These are just a few tips to help make your next garden a more pleasant experience and help you to get the greatest yield from your garden and one more step in self sufficiency and self reliance. For more information on planning your Garden check out this article: Planning Your Spring Garden. May your journey be blessed as you Homestead Today for a Better Tomorrow.