Pest control for vegetable gardens

vegetable gardensIn preparation for the months ahead, consider pest control for vegetable gardens. March is always the best time of year to get out in the garden and plan for vegetable gardens . Once you have located the area of the garden which will be used to start growing your vegetables it would be a good idea to start to lay the foundations for pest control.

After all, what would be the point of spending your quality time caring for your vegetable gardens only to find that just before you harvest any crops from them, white fly and aphids etc have already spoilt the produce.

It is the ideal time to consider how you could encourage predators which will be attracted to the garden and will eat insects and bugs which spoil vegetables. This will benefit the gardener as you will not have to use insecticides to protect specific produce.

To take control of mealy bugs, whitefly and aphids encourage predators such as hover flies, hungry lacewings and ladybirds to live in the garden. These adults will require a plentiful supply of nectar and pollen to survive.
Sow umbellifers (such as fennel and dill), calendula (pot marigolds) and cornflowers.

Slugs can also be kept under control by sinking containers just under the surface of the soil in the vegetable gardens and leaving approximately 1cm of the lip protruding. Then fill the container with beer and place a loose cover to act as a lid to stop rainwater diluting the beer. The slugs will be drawn to the beer over time and will fall into the container where they can be effectively removed.

As slugs are most active in moist and warm conditions another effective treatment which can be used is to spread broken egg shells around the base of plants which are attractive to slugs as they do not like the coarse nature of the shells. Many gardeners also protect hostas from slugs through the use of copper bands placed around the base of the hosta as the leaves are usually susceptible to slugs.