Once you have started your garden outdoors one of your major concerns will be how to deal with pests and diseases safely and organically.  Yes, you can always buy a spray or something that will work to prohibit most insect problems or infestations but in doing so you may be adding chemicals to the food that you eat.  There are some organic solutions sold commercially, you may have to look a little harder to find them and you may have to apply them a little more frequently to address your problem.

Through my membership in the Garden Resource Program, I have received some very intelligent information as for how you can deal with with pests and  diseases that might attack your garden.  So of the most common pests and diseases are aphids, imported cabbage worms and loopers, flea and cucumber beetles and you will find them discussed in the attached pdfs.  As well as preventive measures like crop rotation, crop diversity, planting techniques, tools and other methods.   Of course your first line of defense is a clean, weed free garden.  By keeping it clean you don’t give the pests a haven to breed and attack tender plants as the begin to grow. 

Thanks to the Greening of Detroit and to the author of this information, Jeremy Moghtader – MSU Student Organic Farm 2008

MANAGING PESTS AND DISEASES THE ORGANIC WAY 1

MANAGING PESTS AND DISEASES THE ORGANIC WAY 2

Got a question about gardening?  Feel free to ask it here or send me an email for a personal response at littsey.arthur@sbcglobal.net.

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