Plant Health, Care and Protection
Whichever type of garden you’re growing, your plants are bound to attract harmful pests at some point. It’s not your fault! That’s part of plant life. But if you don’t get ahead of it, your beloved plants may catch a disease or two.
Don’t panic! Decades of study from experts moved us away from taking chances with pest control.
Today, we’ve developed plenty of treatments for pest problems and plant disease. You may notice shelves upon shelves of pesticides and bug sprays when you go to supermarkets.
But recently, there’s been a trend of “going green”. This means going for more eco-friendly ways to protect plants from pests and diseases. These all-natural methods have become quite popular in both gardening and floristry. And for good reason, too! They keep plants much healthier than chemical or artificial remedies do. They’re even easier on the pocket!
In this article, we explore three important elements of plant health, care, and protection. We’ll concentrate on reliable organic methods for your garden.
First, we examine a few basic tips for keeping your garden healthy and well-nourished. This will help you keep it full of life from the time you plant them until you harvest their produce.
Next, we discuss the best pesticides to protect your plants from bugs and insects. We also cover proven fixes for pesky weeds.
Finally, we discover which flowers and plants can drive away pests. This is another organic way to eliminate pests that won’t harm your garden!
Interested in a formal course? Want to get certified as a gardening expert? We urge you to look into organizations offering classes in floristry, like:
American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org).
National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org).
American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org).
American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org).
Raising a Healthy Garden
Take it from the experts. You’re going to want to be sure your plants are healthy and nurtured all through their growth. This way, you make sure they blossom into gorgeous flowers, fragrant herbs, or fresh vegetables!
Here are a few practical tips for raising a healthy garden. You’ll thank us later!
Before you purchase your plants, inspect them for rotten roots. Look for bug-infested leaves or stems too.
Be sure to use only fully-composted waste and mulch to avoid disease and infection.
Do your research on which fertilizer best suits your garden and stick to it.
Keep attentive watch of bugs in your garden to reduce unwanted infestation.
In the autumn season, make sure leaves don’t pile up too much. By doing this, you won’t get an unequal proportion of green and brown materials for your mulch.
Water your plants with the correct amount and time intervals.
Late winter is the best time to prune sickly limbs back to healthy, living tissue. Make sure to do this to prevent further infection or get other diseases.
Whatever you do – Prevent. Overcrowding.
Organic Pest Control and Herbicides
It’s tempting to grab chemical treatments when you encounter pest troubles. After all, they’re quick and easy remedies, right?
But remember: the more chemical treatments you give your garden, the fewer nutrients your plants get from the soil! Plus, it makes plants all the more prone to disease and infection.
The basic principle is to keep your garden as diverse as possible. Keep various types of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and trees all nestled in the soil. Plant them in smaller groups all over the garden. Add in a healthy mixture of aged compost and brown and green mulch. This will help keep pests from preying on a whole lot of plants.
But there are many other organic ways to protect your precious garden! Here is some professional advice on keeping weeds, diseases, insects, and bugs away.
Stop these annoying things from ever-growing in your yard! Top-dress your new planted plot two to three inches deep with corn gluten. Then, water it all throughout.
If weeds have already sprung in the soil, soak them in a mix of vinegar and a few drops of liquid soap. Make sure to keep nearby plants and flowers safe from the acidic spray. You can do this by covering them in newspapers.
Protect your bed of roses from powdery mildew or “black spot” with a distinct tonic. This is a blend of 2 tablespoons of baking soda, half a tablespoon of liquid soap in about 2 liters of water.
A fact not known to lots of people, chamomile tea is an all-inclusive cure for fungal diseases. Infuse 16 tea bags or about 2 cups of dried flowers in hot water. Use the cooled product to water your diseased plants.
Want an easier, less taxing solution? Dissolve 2 aspirin tablets in 1 quart of water. Spray the solution on plants with black spot, mildew, rust, and other fungal infections.
Spraying small insects like aphids and mites with water will get them off your plants. For more stubborn bugs, remove them with adhesive tape.
Brew a couple of basil leaves and fragrant herbs (e.g. lavender, rosemary, sage, mint, etc.). Use them to get rid of creepy crawlers.
For slugs and snails, make a barrier of thin copper wires around your plants. This will give those pests a mild yet scaring shock. For best results, you can also build a shallow perimeter of pine needles, coffee grounds, cracked eggshells. This will produce a rugged boundary that will throw them off the path.
Pest-Repellent Flowers and Plants
So far we’ve learned more about natural pest control treatments! Now let’s have a look at the following lineup of plants and flowers proven to have organic resistance against pests and diseases.
Growing a garden of lovely blooms or flavorful herbs is no easy task! But sweet-smelling plants often draw in bugs and other insects. These will drain them of their nutrients and worse yet, stunt their growth.
Luckily, there are helpful little beauties of nature that organically drive off pests! They save you the time and expense of artificial pest control solutions. Even better, they keep a wonderful sense of balance and diversity in your garden! This guarantees your garden stays protected from nasty diseases and bug infestations.
Here is a quick list of pest-repellent plants and flowers! Most of these are also ideal for gardening newbies. They’re easy to take care of and maintain!
Photo by Kaur Kristjan