I finally got out into the garden yesterday for  a little while.  While I cannot plant everything for a few more weeks, I was able to plant our lettuce seeds because lettuce is a cool weather crop. If we do get down near the freezing mark, I will just cover all of the tender plants with sheets to keep them safe.

Keeping bugs out of the garden naturally

Keeping Bugs Out of the Garden Naturally

Of course, now that I am able to get back in the garden again, I need to start thinking about keeping bugs out of the garden naturally. I cannot stand bugs and I don’t want them to eat all of my vegetables after I put all that effort into growing a garden. However, I don’t want to spray the garden with toxic chemicals either. After all, I’m going to eat the vegetables and feed them to my family. Thankfully, there are natural solutions.

  • Slugs and snails are the worst offenders in our garden.  They love to snack on our lettuce and other greens. To keep them away from the plants they enjoy, place crumbled up egg shell on the soil around the plants. Their stomachs are soft and they do not like this.  You can also place a shallow dish of beer on the ground near your plants. They will crawl in and drown.
  • Mosquitoes won’t bother your plants but they will bother you.  To help keep them out of the garden or out of areas you enjoy spending time in, plant lemongrass. They do not like it and will stay way.
  • Caterpillars can really cause damage to your garden as well.  You can pick them off by hand nor try the egg shell solution above.
  • Colorado potato beetles can destroy your potato crop. The best solution is to plant the plants they don’t like near your potatoes. My favorites are yarrow, catnip and garlic.
  • Attract beneficial insects who will feed on the bugs that destroy your crops. Just a few you might want to try are basil, bee balm, borage, mint, parsley and sweet william.

It is easy to keep bugs out of the garden naturally if you spend a bit of time each day in the garden.  Get to know the insects that frequent your garden. Identify them and learn whether they are helpers or not. Not every insect that you see in your garden is bad. Learn the difference so that you can attract the good ones.

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May 13, 2014

Keeping Bugs Out of the Garden Naturally

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  1. Jamie

    May 13th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Great tips Ellen – I really don’t like spraying things on my veggies that I really don’t care to have in my mouth!! There are some tips here I will for sure use!! Happy gardening!!

  2. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Same here, Jamie! Glad you can use some of them!

  3. Kasandria Reasoner

    May 13th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    What great tips! FWDing these to my MIL. She’s had trouble with snails in her garden. THANKS!
    Kas

  4. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Glad to share, Kas & thanks for forwarding!

  5. Crystal

    May 13th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I don’t like spraying mine either. Glad to read there are alternatives.

  6. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Definitely, Crystal! Much better than sprays!

  7. Patty Hancock

    May 13th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Im gonna try the lemongrass for mosquitos. Both of my neighbors have illegal ponds that attract many.

  8. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    That’s not good at all, Patty!

  9. tara pittman

    May 13th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I dont have a garden but my friend does so I will tell about this.

  10. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Great thank you!

  11. Monica

    May 13th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome tips! I have used crushed eggshells (as well as crushed seashells to deter slugs and it works like a charm. Love the idea of attracting beneficial insects. I have a lot of bee balm but never realized it also kept pesky bugs at bay.

  12. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    That’s as great idea, Monica! We have tons of eggshells with our ducks and chickens but seashells would certainly work too.

  13. Mama to 5 BLessings

    May 13th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    We really do not have much of a garden but I like the caterpillars because we watch them crystalis and turn into butterflies, makes a great homeschool science experiment but I suppose if you had a garden it would pose a problem. Great tips!

  14. Ellen Christian

    May 13th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I like caterpillars too as long as they are not in my gardens 🙂

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  16. Scarlet

    May 24th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Another tip for the mosquitos is to put copper in any standing water spots so they can’t breed in that sill water.

  17. Ellen Christian

    May 25th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    That is great to know! Thank you!

  18. Suzanne

    May 24th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This is great! We’ve only been (trying to) growing veggies for 2 yrs and the biggest problem we have are the bugs! I will definitely be trying these very easy ways to get rid of the little buggers! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ellen Christian

    May 25th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Glad to, Suzanne! I hope they work for you!