SOLUTIONS TO COMMON PESTS

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However, plants with good  circulation are less likely to become pest victims. Here sre some tips on how to eliminate these obnoxious pests:

Black Spots

1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 gallon of water, plus a few drops of dish detergent.

2. Apply to leaves weekly. Application must be done when the sun is not hot.

3. Should rain come, repeat the application.

Aphids, White Flies, and Scales

1. Mix 1 tablespoon of dish detergent with 1 cup cooking oil.

2. Take two tablespoons of this dish detergent – cooking oil mixture and add to one cup water. Shake well. ( Keep extra mixture for future use.)

3. Spray on plants. Repeat, if necessary.

Slugs

1. Sprinkle dried crushed eggshells or builder’s sand around plants. Slugs hate gritty susbstances on thier bellies.

2. Make slug traps. Here’s how: Trap 1. Bury cans to ground level in garden and fill with beer or honey – lemon mixture dissolved in water. Slugs attracted to the scent fall in and drown. Trap 2  Take used orange shells ( peelings ) and place them cut side down on the garden ground. Slugs will crawl under them during the day. Pick slugs up and discard.

Container Gardening

When spaces for vegetable garden is unavailable, container gardening is a solution. One of the beauties of pot or container gardening is its being portable. Some suggestions:

1. Use a lighter soil mix, one heavy on compost or peat, so pot or container won’t be heavy to move.

2. Water more frequently than you would a regular garden, especially during hot days.

3. Fertilizer frequently to replenish nutrients washe out due to frequent watering.

4. Don’t overplant or overcrowd plants. They grow!

5. Use support, if necessary: small trellises made from bamboo sticks, but not too tall as to topple pot or container.

6. Turn pot or container around toward the sun for uniform growth.

7. Watch out for pests. The same pests that attack gardens may attack your pot or container plants.

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