Organic Pest Control when Growing Your Own - a quick guide
So you've planned your plot, read up on the best growing conditions and have a host of tips ready to deploy to make this year the best yet in your veg plot but have you made a plan for stopping the insects getting to your harvest before you do? Here's a quick rundown of the pest you might come across and what you can do to stop them in their tracks.
Crops affected - aphids love most edibles, you'll find them on Tomatoes, Carrots, Chillis, the list goes on...
How to get rid of aphids - being quick of the mark is going to make things easier. If you had an aphid problem last year then start spraying with soap based insecticide or introduce predators just before you noticed the problem. This could be any time from April on the whole.
Crops affected - whitefly are typically found in glasshouses and polytunnels where the enjoy the warmth and light. They attack brassicas, tomato plants, cucumbers and peppers.
How to get rid of whitefly - use soap based insecticides 3 times a week to get control of an infestation. Use parasitic wasps, Encarsia Formosa once the temperature is consistently above 20°C.
Crops affected - Caterpillars eat hole in your crops, especially brassicas. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, swede among others can be obliterated by hungry caterpillars.
How to get rid of caterpillars - a mix of nematodes that contained in the Fruit and Veg nematode pack can be used to control caterpillars, find them here.
Crops affected - Cabbage and other brassicas suffer from root damage from the larvae/maggots of these pests feeding. They kill recently transplanted young plants and seedlings. Carrots and related veg are made inedible. In Onions all of the above can happen.
How to get rid of root fly - use the Fruit and Veg nematodes to clean the growing material of the different species of flies. Especially important for seedings and young plants. Find the product here.
Crops affected - as we all know, slugs really arent fussy and you will find holes and slimy trails all over your crops but what you might not be immediately aware of is the damage being done underground. Over 90% of the slugs in your garden/plot/patch are underground feeding on roots.
How to get rid of slugs - use nematodes especially for slugs (Nemaslug) as soon as the soil temperature reaches 5°C and every 6 weeks throughout the growing season. Find the nematodes here.
There are a range of other pests including thrips, red spider mite and others that can chomp away on your tasty treats, if you have a pest you can't identify or would just like some advice email firstname.lastname@example.org.