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Anyone who has seriously gardened for any length of time understands that gardening is an investment. Its an investment in time and money.
For those of who excel that investment is paid back in fresh vegetables and fruits, some even in nuts.
In gardening, though, there are no guarantees. You can get knocked off your game by mother nature, disease and of course pests.
Perhaps nothing is more unnerving than watching the small holes start to form in the leaves of your plants. Its a rage inducing moment.
Start With Soil
Keep your soil as undisturbed and nutrient dense as possible. There are beneficial insects and they often battle those pests that come to take what is yours. If you feed your soil and the microbiology therein you are often laying a base for pest control.
The use of high potency pesticides is what brings many to their own garden. They don’t want that stuff in their food. So they opt for a healthier means of growing food. Of course, that can be all undone if you are spraying store-bought pesticides on your plants to kill the pests.
Go with something like garlic, chili flake, and dish soap. Dilute with some water and put that in a sprayer. This can be a great way to spray for pests and it won’t give you cancer.
The Full Resource
You can get strategic about this pest game, too. You might find that you suffer from one pest in particular. In this case, you might want to check out this ultimate resource for dealing with pests. This resource takes a pest by pest look at what might ail your garden and how you can go about making it go away.
There is an emphasis on natural methods, as well.