NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: 20 Ways to Control Pests without Spraying Toxic & Organic Pesticide

NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: 20 Ways to Control Pests without Spraying Toxic & Organic Pesticide

Here’s Great Tip: 20 Ways to Control Pests without Spraying Toxic & Organic Pesticide


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John from interviews Dr. Bill Olkowski, Ph.D. about how you can control pests in your garden without spraying toxic or organic pesticides.

In this episode, John will chat with Dr. Bill Olkowski, gardening and insect expert to share his over 40+ years of experience growing food and how you can harness the power of beneficial insects in your garden to control the bad insects including many different tips and techniques you can implement today to have fewer pests in your garden tomorrow.

Some of the top 20 tips include:
1. Straw Pile
2. Seed Beneficial Insects
3. Leave some crops to grow to attract beneficial insects
4. Escalation to control pests
5. Why Spraying is Bad
6. Plant Sweet alyssum
7. Better Soil nutrition guards against pests
8. Transplant starts
9. Plant Anise
10. Leave Brocolli/other crops to go to seed
11. Nets and Screens to keep birds away
12. Sluggo – an organic control for slugs
13. Simple cardboard rings to prevent slugs
14. Let plants go to seed
15. Plant Extra
16. Keep Lizards
17. Trap Slugs and Snails in terra cotta flowerpots (upside down)
18. Gopher Barriers
19. Keep lower leaves trimmed off for snakes
20. Plant Flowers
21. Anise and other plants for nectar
22. Tolerate some pests
23. Don’t trip on the roses.

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The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control

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19 Replies to “NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: 20 Ways to Control Pests without Spraying Toxic & Organic Pesticide”

  1. So should we do away with yellow sticky traps and buy beneficial garden insects? Are mybtraps killing my benificial ones also.. Btw. I love your channel bro. Im from palm beach fl and i grow all 5 varieties of holy basil and im trying to give the best conditions possible so i can make medicine.. Thank you for your videos. I respect your passion. Is there a way to breed benificial garden insects?

  2. Hey John; I'm new to growing food indoors and started with Kratky hydroponics (thanks for the tip about using Ocean Solution). Everything was going well until there was some kind of infestation by invisible bugs! While I did find 2 teeny tiny larvae that I had to use 2 magnifiers to find, I just couldn't understand how 2 bugs you couldn't even see with the naked eye could possibly have eaten 1/2 of 3 huge bean leaves. So I ordered neem and karanja oil. When I received it and was about to mix it up, it occurred to me that perhaps I should check my plants first, to see if there was any further damage. Since my plants are all in the guest shower, I figured I would have to spray all of them.

    To my surprise, there was no more damage, which I attributed to me keeping the bathroom door closed (less chance of something else flying in there…there was a huge infestation of tiny moths this year, plus gypsy moths). 

    AND THEN…I finally identified the critter that was eating my green bean leaves (half a giant leaf at a time, x3)….

    It was a HUGE black and white furry thing…with 2 ears, a pink nose, white eyelashes and whiskers and a set of pearly-white fangs…MY CAT!

    "Stan The Man-Cat" has figured out how to get into the shower and has been helping himself to not only catnip but also green bean leaves, basil, cilantro, and lettuce! It seems he is as fond of my heirloom organic Crisp Mint Lettuce as I am, and it apparently makes a great bed as well.

    So, note to self: grow at least 1 more bean plant and when it gets big enough to survive the “trimming” of all of its’ lower leaves, put it out in the cats’ sun-room. Maybe he’ll share some of the beans with me.

    I thought you might enjoy a chuckle about the “mystery bug” I was having the problem with, LOL. I had no idea cats enjoyed eating green beans and their leaves!

  3. Years back, I had mites on my indoor MJ plants. I used natural pesticides and still the mites returned. A grower told me he used a can of Coca-Cola with 1/2 water, 1/2 coke and sprayed , then, spray again after 3 days. I was shocked to find this worked better than the commercial products or homemade pepper sprays I tried over years and it's cheap and non toxic. 2 precautions…1) on baby plants, go 40 cola and 60 water, 2) Don't spray in hot sun or when your lights are on, if indoor. Plants can be rinsed by water spraying and it keeps bugs at bay, anyway. I am not sure if the sugar in the coke kills the bugs or the stickiness…I do not drink any soft drinks myself! Anyone else heard of this method?

  4. organic in my opinion can be a horrible disaster. i never look neem oil or beneficial bugs can solve pest problem properly they didn't make farm corps better. pest insect came in groups they are seasonal. i already make a sample organics farm use pure organic all thing, from fertilizer, pesticides and all other thing and ended disaster. low yield, slow harvest. in my opinion if you really want start commercial organic farm. make sure you have the good people to handle farm and never start it in near chemical farm. bugs, and other parasites fungal bacteria from non organic farm 100% resistance against organic pesticides. this is my conclusion.
    dont make your investment fail with choosing wrong place to start organic farm.

  5. Just a quick comment, John. Here in Oregon, because we have such an abundance of them, we use hazelnut shells to help guard against slugs and snails. The shells will cut up the bottoms of the slug/snail, so they tend to not cross it. I have some around my garden beds this year. Hoping for good results!

  6. Two Excellent biological pesticides are Grandevo, and Venerate produced by Morrone Bio in Davis, Kalifornia. Its perfect for controlling broad, russet, and cyclamen mites on MJ plants. non toxic to bees and beneficial insect, controls all sucking and chewing critters. These products are perfect for IPM…the Three Bad Mites are in my experiences immune to neem and soaps.

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