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Get Gardening: Pest Control, Au Naturale

I just love this time of year… the weather is getting warmer (somewhat here in Vancouver), flowers are springing up everywhere, and the babies! Ahhh the babies – all of mother natures liveliness is thriving.

All of this nice weather calls for me out to my little patio “garden” (that’s looking pretty sad I might say after a looong winter)… I don’t know about you, but every year my little patio garden seems to have some tiny creature making it’s home amongst my strawberries or cilantro… now, since I want to EAT the produce I grow in my garden, it doesn’t seem right for me to be spraying chemicals all over them – that completely defeats the purpose of growing my own – so I’ve done a LOT of research and compiled it all here for you in one concise post so that you too, can feel good about what you are growing in your garden – pest free!


Dish soap – Mix a few drops of your dish soap into a spray bottle of plain ol’ water. I found this to be very effective against aphids, which were the main pest I was dealing with. I found I needed to re-apply every day, but this sure beats chemicals (and aphids).

Vinegar — Mix a small amount of vinegar and sugar in a container, and place it next to your plants. Aphids and fruit flies will be attracted to the smell and drown. *Do not spray your plants with vinegar – trust me, I learned the hard way – it will burn them.

*If you have done this, and you notice that the leaves are burned, you should wash the area out with water right away.

Baking soda — Mix a tablespoon into a spray bottle of approximately ½ a quart of water. This spray is effective against fungus on plants. You will need to re-apply every few days, or until you notice that the fungus is gone.

If you have any natural tips on treating bugs or other ailments that have plagued your garden, please share below!

– B

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