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I’m beginning to harvest some items from my garden! My zucchini is growing like crazy, but super fast! I had no idea how fast a zucchini can grow. One day I checked the garden and I had just a little baby zucchini, probably 4 inches long… 3 days later, it was a foot! Kid you not! Incredible!
I had zucchini for days!!!!!
Last year I tried potato bags to grow potatoes outside of my square foot garden beds! Check them out here!
I loved these! So cool, and the harvest was huge!!!! These bags have overlapping Velcro slits in the side that allow you to harvest early before the plant fully matures! I couldn’t wait to try it out, I will do it again! This year, I had room in my garden so I planted potatoes in there, but, next year I will be giving the bags another go!
Gardening is so much fun, it really does bring so much joy to my life! I pride myself on keeping my garden organic and pesticide free! No chemicals here folks!! I’m constantly looking for easy, DIY, organic, and kid safe methods to keep pests out of my garden! These are the top 5 easiest ways to keep your garden pest free!
Marigold’s are amazing annuals! They serve so many purposes! You can eat them, feed them to livestock, make teas, and even soak the leaves for a nice foot soothing cream! But for our purposes, these little golden beauties serve the purpose of deterring insects! The strong scent of the petals and foliage do a fantastic job at keeping those pests away! Even more, the roots are warriors at controlling nematodes! These are little worms found in the soil that attack root systems of plants in your garden!
I use these my planting them at the opening of my garden and in every corner of my raised garden boxes!
Bonus tip: They keep mosquitos away!!
There are so many herbs that you can plant in your garden to act as a pesticide AND use in your cooking or medicine cabinet! A couple of my favorite are basil, chives and garlic! Basil can be invasive if left uncontrolled but please know that it is actually very simple to keep up! Simply snip the tops before it flowers, it will force nutrients back into the bottom of the plant causing it to bush out more! These repel many insects including mosquitoes! I love my basil and will always use it as a natural form of pest control.
Chives deter Japanese Beatles! If you live in a place where these are an issue, place around carrots because it prevents carrot rust flies. The flowers are edible and the stem provides a delightful mild onion flavor, perfect for many meals! Garlic is another fantastic plant to deter insects and once you plant it, you should never have to buy garlic ever again! You can do easily propagate more by placing the roots in water! Garlic deters more than insect, it deters small critters and even snails! So plant some herbs, soak up the amazing scents they provide and watch them naturally deter insects and critters!
Ha! I have to through this in here! Fences are the only sure way to really keep the critters and deer from snacking on your garden! I know when you think of fence, your like crap those are expensive to though! They can be but they don’t have to! My fence was cheap and it works perfectly! Here is what I did: We bought this fencing and stapled it all around the garden beds so we created a big square with the raised garden beds inside. To keep the fence upright, we bought garden stakes and weaved them through and into the ground! The door is simply cutting extra and hooking to on a stake to close it or remove the stake to open it! It is not fancy, it is practice, it works and I love it! Plus, it blends in with the greener your of my plants! For the winter, I remove the stakes and fold the fence in so it lays down! Bonus: if you buy the orange stakes you can use those to line your driveway in the winter!
Here is the fencing I used:
4. Coffee Grounds!
Used coffee grounds! Compost people! Huge benefits here; coffee grounds are high in nitrogen which is fantastic for compost bins! If you don’t want to mess with composting, that is totally fine! You can make a barrier of coffee grounds around your plants prone to snails and slugs! The snails and slugs don’t like the abrasiveness or acidity of the grounds therefor protecting those plants! If you do like the idea of composting, we love using these cute kitchen compost bins! Composting is not hard but it does provide many great benefits to your garden!
5. Egg Shells
Using egg shells in a garden is super economical and very simple! My hostas, have been affected badly this year! The slugs have eaten them to the point of swiss cheese, it’s horrible! How can egg shells help? Well, it’s simple really!
Egg shells, when ground up finely, can be dusted over plants or around the base of a plant, to kill pests that have already infested your plants or prevent the infestation from happening altogether! The pest crosses over egg shells, it cuts them, causing that pest to die. It is highly effective and I prefer using this over chemical pesticides!
How to make it? Take a dozen egg shells, dry them out by laying them on a paper towel. Once completely dry, you will grind them into a fine powder by using either a mini food processor or coffee grinder! I use this one! Ninja Coffee Bar Stainless Steel Safety Lock Push-Button Bean Grinder | SP7407. Once you have your super fine powder, put it in an air tight container to keep it dry and for future uses. When you are ready to use the egg shells, simply dust it on your plants and put it around the base of the plant as well.
Join Me and Go Chemical Free!
There is always a way to remove harmful chemical use in a garden. Follow these 5 easy and CHEAP tips to create a pest free garden! This year, my garden has been pest free, I have a bountiful harvest and I LOVE IT!
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