NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: How to Protect Your Garden from Pests without Chemical Pesticides & more Q&A

NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: How to Protect Your Garden from Pests without Chemical Pesticides & more Q&A

Here’s Great Tip: How to Protect Your Garden from Pests without Chemical Pesticides & more Q&A

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John from answers a writers gardening questions for an article she is writing.

In this episode, you will learn John’s answers to the following questions:

0:45 How did you get into organic gardening?
6:14 What prompted you to start your youtube channel?
8:27 You don’t use chemical pesticides, how do you protect your plants from pests?
20:03 What has your experience with Diatomaceous Earth?
20:53 What are the benefits of rock dust and compost combination?
24:12 How does great soil prevent some bug problems?
25:20 What is the most common problem organic gardeners face?

Referenced Videos:
How to Prevent Most Common Diseases:

Fight Pests with only water: Bug Blaster

More about rock dust and soil remineralization

Increase your crop yields up to 400% using Worm Castings:

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After watching this episode, you will learn John’s answers to these questions, and probably learn a few things along the way as well.

29 Replies to “NON TOXIC PESTICIDE TIPS: How to Protect Your Garden from Pests without Chemical Pesticides & more Q&A”

  1. hi and how are all' now i have bein doing research' and lately they bein warning people about buying certain food and seedling from china' now a friend of mine bought a pack of pack choy which when i research the brand cannot be fine' and it' from china' it's call yang shu any one with information of dis brand can you tell me if it safe or not' because they saying they are selling alot of cancerouse food and and atificial products that seems to be genuing but are not' anyone with information can you please fill me in.

  2. Thanks for this Video John.. I tried the Diatomaceous Earth this spring after watching this video to late in the season last year (damage had already been done) Squash bugs.. had destroyed all my squash type plants this year they where back, and didn't last long. Thanks for sharing the Info!

  3. John, Just started out gardening here in Colorado,  I really appreciate all the info. you provide. I built some raised beds using different materials (wood) I.E Cedar, Pressure treated(food safe)? And plain wood with a oil coating and 1 with a preservative. Just wanted to see how things did with each box. Got 5 total, need to do an irrigation system soon pretty arid here in the Front Range of Colorado. ? Have found most insects are in the pressure treated  boxes go figure?

  4. I'm currenlty planning out a garden for my family so that when we move to our new house, we can start building and have everything ready for the next growing season. A question I have though is, Is there a way to build a vegetable garden that  can be converted to a green house for the winter? I live in Tennessee and the winters here can be pretty cold, and I want to get the most out of the plants I'm growing, particularly citrus trees. They don't seems to tolerate winters that well, ecpessially an unpredictable TN winter. So again the question is, Is there a way to build a green house convertable garden, if so are there any videos and/or forums that explain how, and what materials are used?

  5. John,

    You're one of my favorite "Garden People" on You Tube.  However, though you've mentioned the value of worm castings briefly in some of your videos, IMO you're not giving it the emphasis or attention it deserves.  Please post my brief but informative article on "Worm Tea", and thanks, and your readers with also thank you.


    Posted 4/13/13 on GardenWeb by Mikey10

    To begin with, the whole process of watering and fertilizing your garden (hydroponic or other) is made to appear overcomplicated to the extreme. There is a very simple solution which I have been using successfully for the past year in all my gardening systems, hydroponic, container &ground with excellent results. It is called Worm Tea and is very simple and cheap and abundant to make and requires no added ingredients other than your household and garden waste processed through your worm bin daily. In the following paragraphs you will find instructions.

    I really don?t see the need to harvest worm castings or "brew" worm tea from castings at all. To me it seems like unnecessary waiting, unnecessary energy spent and actually less efficient use of the worm "offal". In the following, I detail a much simpler method which I think is more efficient in every aspect, and I would like to know what you and your audience think. Using this method, my garden has grown quickly without the use of any other fertilizer and severe infestations with aphids and white flies have disappeared. I also would like to know what you recommend as a mineral, etc. supplement to worm tea, or is it a complete fertilizer in itself. I built a worm bin in a 25 gal Rubbermaid Tote, Drill 1/4"holes in the sides of the container 6" up from the base and also in the lid but not in the bottom of the bin. Then I installed a PVC drain valve in one end near the base of the unit. Next I put a bag of gravel over the drain valve intake, filled with bedding, kitchen waste and worms and wait 2 or 3 days for the worms to do their thing. 

    I pour a 2 gallon watering can of water over the worm bin contents 2 or 3 times daily 
    and put the can under the spigot and turn on to allow it to drain into the can. 
    PRESTO, worm tea and it works very well. This Worm Tea (or Leachate, call it what you will) is simply the dilute and FRESH version of Worm Castings and can be poured directly over the leaves of your plants and/or onto the soil of your garden. 
    This method avoids the 3 to 6 month waiting period during which time your worm bin matures after which the castings can be harvested. This way your worm tea can be 
    harvested almost immediately and several times per day providing up to 6 gallons per day of effective, perfectly diluted worm tea for your garden. Using this large volume of water and not allowing it to sit in the worm bin avoids the problems I have seen others have of making the worms uncomfortable, etc. My worms have yet to "run"and are never to be found crawling on the sides or lid of the worm bin, and just appear to be very content to take their daily "worm shower".  

    It appears that what is happening is that the water is partially dissolving the worm 
    castings and cleaning out what other worm wastes are present (pee, poo, sweat, 
    slime, etc.) and keeping your worm bin clean and attractive to the worms. In other 
    words, they don?t have to crawl around in their own waste products for several weeks or months. Since their home stays nice and clean with plent of aeration and food, they have no reason to leave. It just works, plain and simple, with the absolute simplest and cheapest design, least amount of labor and attentiveness and greatest productivity of any system I have heard of. Try it, you'll see.  


  6. great video!!! I have 1 question; I read somewhere that if you cut up your tomato offcuts and soak them in water for about 1 week then strain the liquid , then dilute to 50%liquid , 50% water and use this to spray your tomato plants to help keep pests away ,I use this it seems to help , and I've heard that this is  also a good fertilizer for the plants too because its nitrogen rich??? My garden is doing well and my 14 tomato plants have 170 tomato's on them so far and still producing more each day. I only feed my garden worm tea [from my worm farm] and I spray the plants with seasol once every 2 weeks. the only major problem I have is the heat, I was thinking of setting up a water misting system to keep the plants happy but I don't want it to split the tomato's buy over watering , I would like to know what you think. thank you for your awesome videos !!!

  7. Hey John, have you ever experimented with mushrooms and permaculture?  This guy on Ted had an ant infestation and got rid of it via mushrooms.  I think it was a Paul Stamets lecture?

  8. John, another great vid on a subject that truly puts a damper on gardening. BUGS & PESTS!  My method of dealing with 'em is like yours.  Lots of ways to try to win the "Bug War" that doesn't include things that would/will kill me. I feel that if I can't eat… it I shouldn't be putting it on my fruits&veggies (well, maybe not the tobacco juice & dish soap LOL). I just figure if I'm loosing the war I can always replant or plant something the bugs aren't going after this season. Thanks for all you do!

  9. Hey John i have a question. Im growing okra in my backyard and i always see ants on them. Im not sure if there eating it, I have noticed that i have little bug bites on them. We have Grasshoppers really bad. They seem to stay away but every once in a while they start eating my plants. If you can tell me anything that would be nice, Thank you.

  10. Great video, John.  You packed a lot of good information into this video. You inspire me to keep working on building GREAT soil.  NO TILL, LASAGNA GARDENING, CHOP & DROP, WORM FARMING and MULCHING the soil with organic matter has helped me on the path of healthy organic gardening. Thank you for your time.

  11. John you are an inspiration. Since I started growing my own food I was heading into my 30's, getting overweight and wondering why???? I eat fresh produce everyday now and have swapped out any snacks for my own fruit and veg. The weight fell off and my health has improved 100% Not had a cold in 12 months! Keep up the great videos. Everyone needs to learn to grow their own. 
    Andy from the UK

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