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Guest Post: Non-Toxic Pest Control Methods for the Organic Gardener

Great organic ways to control pests. I use the canola oil but I mix with it dawn dish soap instead of the ivory soap. I think it works just the same myself.

I never knew about the “milky spores” but I will try that as grub season is in full swing. Thanks, enjoy the post.

Homesteading NJ

A very special shout out and thank you to Patricia Cornwell of HomeMates Gardener who was kind enough to write and send us this post!

Pests are a real nightmare for all gardeners because they can be very persistent. The market offers a big variety of special products which can help with the removing of the stubborn intruders from your garde but the only problem is that some pesticides and herbicides can be extremely dangerous for the human health.

Relying on organic pest control instead of the usual toxic products will save you from a lot of troubles and in addition to protecting the structure of your crops, you will also protect your health and the health of your family from potentially unpleasant complications in the future.
It can be a challenge to battle the pests in your garden, while trying to protect your health and the plant’s health at…

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Excited about this harvest season already

Took a walk yesterday around our little suburban fifth acre. It was extremely hot and humid, so did not dawdle much, but I did get to survey our season so far.

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The front permaculture garden (more of a food forest) is doing well in the front yard. We utilize most of this greenery to feed the chickens daily and they seem to love the fresh greens everyday.

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The fruit trees are 2-4 years old and they are beginning this year to bear some nice fruit. I look forward to the fresh pears, apples, and peaches.

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Oh, the grapes. I am amazed at the amount of growth and fruiting that my grape vines are giving. This is the third year on the grape arbor and I think they are taking to it well.

garden 007 garden 006 garden 005 garden 004A friend of mine built and gave me two grow barrels which I really like. In a two foot by 2 foot area I can grow up to 35 plants. I have grown strawberries, green beans, tomatoes, and peppers very successfully in these.

For the first time since I can remember, this year we ran out of canned green beans before this years crop came in. So I added several more areas for pole beans this year, along with the bush beans in the grow barrel. I hate running out of any vegetables that we regularly eat.

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This coming harvest should be an awesome time!