If you’re like most gardeners, you probably don’t want insects destroying your hard work. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to keep them at bay.
One of the best ways to deter insects is to keep your garden clean. Remove any dead leaves or plant matter as soon as possible, and don’t let debris accumulate on the ground. This will deprive insects of food and shelter, making your garden less attractive to them.
You can also try using physical barriers to keep insects out. Fine-mesh netting can be placed over plants to prevent pests from reaching them, and row covers can be used to keep flying insects away. Just be sure to remove the barriers when it’s time to pollinate your plants.
There are a number of helpful insects that you can encourage to live in your garden, as they will help keep harmful pests in check. Ladybugs, for example, feed on aphids and other small insects. You can attract them by planting nectar-rich flowers like calendula and dill.
There are also a number of natural repellents that you can use to keep insects away from your plants. Garlic, for instance, is a great way to deter aphids, as they don’t like the smell. You can also make a spray using water and essential oils like neem or peppermint oil, which will help repel a variety of insects.
With a little effort, you can keep your garden free of harmful insects. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest all season long.
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