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Protect your Veggies from Dangerous Pest Killers

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pesticides for veggies

One huge advantage of growing your own veggies at home is that you can control what is used to fertilize them and deter the bugs that invariably try to eat them before you do. But why is this important? Pest-killing Chemicals Contaminate Our Food A recent news report out of Israel states that a third of the pesticides ...

Controlling Squash Vine Borer

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Squash Vine Borer

Recently a grower from the UK sent us a photo of damage to a pumpkin plant and wanted to know what it was and whether it could be controlled.  This pest had apparently been a problem for a long time, to the extent that it was questionable whether it was worthwhile planting pumpkins or squashes ...

Homemade Insecticide for Veggies

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It is an unfortunate fact of life that a wide variety of crawling, burrowing and flying insects eat vegetable plants and the fruit they produce. While the first step in getting rid of these destructive pests is to identify them, the next is to decide how to kill them. There are some broad spectrum chemical insecticides ...

Integrated Control Options for Root Knot Nematodes Part 2

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Following on from Part 1 of this article where we talked about what root knot nematode (RKN) is, the symptoms and some soft options for control, in this article, we look at the rest of the tools that can be used in an integrated control strategy. Crop Rotation with Tolerant Crops Rotate susceptible crops, or crops which ...

Integrated Control Options for Root Knot Nematodes Part 1

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Many gardeners will have seen root knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp.) infection in your crops, especially if you have sandy soils.  It is easily diagnosed as it commonly causes swellings or galls on the roots and other underground parts of your plants which can vary from 1 mm to several centimetres in diameter. These galls detrimentally ...

Soft Options for Control of Whitefly

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white fly

Over 500 plant species including vegetables, weeds, ornamental and agronomic crops are attacked by whitefly. Greenhouse whitefly, sweet potato whitefly, and silverleaf whitefly are serious insect pests worldwide. Whitefly infestations are the result of the widespread use of broad spectrum insecticides which have killed off their natural enemies. Symptoms Whiteflies suck sap from plants which results in wilting, ...

Attracting Natural Insect Predators to Control Garden Pests

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Lady Bug

 One of the reasons that we like to grow our own vegetables, apart from the great flavours of fresh home-grown produce, is that we can control what pesticides go onto them.  Most of us do not like the thought of eating vegetables from the supermarket which have been sprayed with chemicals.  Luckily nature has developed its own ...