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Spring 2017 was a rainy season for sure, and that means higher mold count and more garden pests multiplying in and around your NJ garden.

At this point, you may be looking ahead to the summer months when the temperatures warm up and problem of damaging garden pests continues to grow. While some insects are actually beneficial to your plants, keeping the population of destructive garden pests at bay and helping to break down organic matter in the soil more quickly, other pests can be more destructive, as they wreak havoc on your plants.

You may be wondering what methods exist for controlling garden pests without spreading harmful chemicals into the food you eat by way of the soil. Additionally, you may have some concerns for the environment, in which the delicate ecosystem of nature at work can be thrown off balance due to the use of toxic substances as pest control.

Garden pests can destroy the health of the soil and multiply quickly in great numbers. They also spread plant diseases and fungal infections which can affect your entire lawn if not kept in check. "An ounce prevention is worth a pound of cure" could never be more true than when dealing with garden pests the organic way.

Organic pest control using household ingredients

The ideal items for controlling garden pests the natural way can often be found right in your own kitchen. Did you know that strong tobacco, due to its pungent aroma, effectively chases bugs away?

To make a "tobacco tea" that effectively works against aphids, caterpillars and worms, combine one cup of dried tobacco with one gallon of water in a glass jar with lid. Let sit in the warm sunshine for about a day, until you get a tea-colored liquid. Add this liquid to a spray bottle along with a squirt of dish soap, for a foul-scented nontoxic bug spray that chases critters away.

(NOTE: Do not use tobacco solution on eggplant or tomato plants.)

Garlic cloves, rhubarb and chilli peppers are also among the many tricks that organic gardeners have up their sleeves for mitigating garden pest problems. Do a search online for specific mixtures that you can create at home using these ingredients, to make a nontoxic pest spray for the vegetable garden.

You might try burning dried chilli peppers as a means of chasing the bugs away. However, be forewarned. You'll want to don a breathing mask and protective eyewear, as chilli peppers release capsaicin, which is the ingredient in pepper spray!

Upkeep is key for garden pest management

Opt for organic pest management techniques that solely impact the insects themselves, without putting your valuable crops in jeopardy. Some things you can do are actually quite simple but effective if you can keep up with them.

For example, you can choose a time of day when the leaves of your plants will be dry, to check for damage-causing caterpillars hiding beneath the leaves. To remove, simply pluck off with your fingers and crush. You can also make a soil repellent, or use vegetable-based soaps as an effective natural pest control method.

Organic Pest Control Keeps Plants Disease-Free

Crop-damaging insects, in addition to eating your plants, also spread viral and fungal infections. Vegetables like zucchini, peas and cucumbers are particularly susceptible to pests such as worms, cabbage worms, grass hoppers, slugs, snails, ants and aphids.

Here's a recipe for natural garden pest spray from Gardening Know How. In a spray bottle, combine 1 Tbs. vegetable oil, 2 Tbs. baking soda 1 tsp. dish soap and 2 quart of water. Apply directly to your affected plants.

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