21 Ways to Keep Bugs Off Your Hemp Plants Without Pesticides
There are few things worse for a gardener than tending to your garden for hours on end, only to have pests come in and destroy your crop. I know I’ve experienced it: watching the perfect tomato ripen on the plant, only to come home one day and find it has been destroyed by bugs. We don’t want to put pesticides on the foods we’re going to be eating, so it may seem like there are no options.
If you’re tired of losing your crops to insects, such as aphids and potato beetles, read on to find out natural ways to keep bugs off of your plants without pesticides. These ways are safe and involve products you may already have in your house or plants you can grow, increasing the bounty and beauty of your garden. We’ll cover 21 different ways that you can implement this season to keep your plants healthy and help produce a plentiful crop.
Why is the Natural Way Important?
When bugs come and feed on your plants, they can do a great deal of damage in a short amount of time. There are dozens of different products on the market that claim to help keep bugs off of your plants, but how safe are they? Unfortunately, pesticides can be very dangerous and have been linked to health conditions such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The good news is that, with a little planning and some dedicated garden space, you can help keep pests away from your plants naturally.
21 Ways to Keep Bugs Off Hemp Plants Without Pesticides
The first 3 tips are natural products you can sprinkle on the ground.
#1. Diatomaceous Earth
A safe first step to keep pests away from your plants is to sprinkle a layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth around the garden. This safe product will not harm you and acts as an abrasive barrier to insects that will crawl around your garden and destroy your plants. In addition to making a barrier of it, put a small layer around vegetables or fruits that touch the ground, such as watermelon and squash.
#2. Garden Lime
Garden lime is another safe product you can sprinkle around your garden to help repel insects. For example, you can dust your green beans with a little garden lime, and it will help keep Japanese beetles away. You can also sprinkle a fine layer around the garden to keep crawling insects, as well as larger pests away, such as snakes and raccoons.
#3. Fish Fertilizer
Another product that can help keep pests away from your plants is fish fertilizer. The added advantage of this is that it will also fertilize your plants safely. One suggestion is to mix a gallon of water with 2 tablespoons of liquid fish fertilizer and spray it on the ground. An added benefit is that it will help keep squirrels from digging up planted seeds or corn.
The next 5 tips deal with natural products you can spray on your Hemp plants.
#4. Hot Pepper Spray
You can mix up a spray with 3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper in one quart of water to create a spray that will help keep bugs away. This can be especially helpful for keeping cabbage moths away from the leaves of plants such as kale and cabbage. Spray it on the ground around the plants, as well as on the leaves and stems.
#5. Onion Spray
Another spray you can use to naturally repel insects is to mix several hot peppers, an onion, and a mild green pepper in a quart of water. You can spray this on areas where bugs such as aphids or grasshoppers may be attacking your plants.
#6. Neem Oil Spray
Neem oil tends to be well-tolerated and non-toxic to animals, although it can be toxic to aquatic life, so don’t use it if you have a koi pond. Spray or apply this product to plants to keep a variety of insects away.
#7. Dish Soap Spray
As crazy as it might seem, adding a little dish soap to a bottle of water can be a highly effective way to keep bugs away. Add the soap after you’ve filled a spray bottle with water and mix it well. Spray on plants to safely keep bugs away. You can even stick with an organic product, making it even safer for your garden.
You read that right: beer. It’s a great way to keep pests away from your plants and is not harmful to humans. Sprinkle it around and on vegetable and fruit plants to help keep insects away. They’ll be repelled by the smell and the taste of it.
The next 2 tips discuss physical barriers you can use to keep insects away.
#9. Floating Net Barriers
You can place floating net barriers over your rows of vegetables or fruits to help keep large insects, as well as birds, away from your produce.
#10. Egg Shells
Creepy crawlies can be dissuaded from coming near your plants by applying a layer of crushed egg shells around the garden. This keeps bugs that crawl from entering your garden space, as well as keeping away pests like slugs and snails.
The next 9 tips give you some ideas of natural companions that fight off bugs who want to eat your Hemp plants.
#11. Chrysanthemums (Mums)
Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are a great plant to place all around your garden and house. They will help keep out a variety of bugs, including ants, roaches, and fleas. They also help repel Japanese beetles and spider mites, which can attack your plants.
#12. Allium Plants
Onions and garlic belong to the Allium family. These plants make excellent, and edible, insect deterrents. You can plant them around other plants to help keep insects away. If you have fruit trees, planting a circle of onions or garlic around the plant can help keep borers from drilling into their base. There are a few plants that garlic and onions should not be grown around, including strawberries and peas, because it may stunt their growth. Keep this in mind when planting your garden.
Radishes are a small and tasty plant that won’t take up much room in your garden. They will help you keep insects like beetles away, so plant them around your beans, squash, or melons to help keep the plants pest-free.
Basil is a wonderful companion plant. When planted near tomatoes, it helps to enhance their growth, making for more plentiful and healthy tomato plants. As a natural pest repellent, it helps keep away insects that may destroy the tomato plants or cause disease.
#15. Beans and Potatoes
If you alternate bush beans with potatoes, you can help protect both plants from certain pests. The bush beans help keep Colorado potato beetles away from your potato plants, while the potatoes help keep the Mexican bean beetle away from your bush beans.
In addition to alternating bush beans and potatoes, you can further protect the plants by planting petunias around beans and potatoes. This will add a splash of color to your garden, and they help keep insects like the Colorado potato beetle away.
Catnip is a relative of the mint family, and it makes an excellent companion plant. You can plant it around plants like zucchinis and cucumbers to help keep cucumber beetles away.
Tansy is an excellent herb to plant around your garden. It will help discourage the presence of ants, which carry aphids with them. As such, tansy is a good way to keep both ants and aphids away from plants such as tomatoes.
Rosemary can be interspersed around a great many plants, and it is incredibly effective at keeping certain bugs away, not to mention it is a lovely aromatic herb that goes well in many dishes. If you have bean beetles, carrot flies, or cabbage moths around, you want to make sure you also have rosemary growing.
The next 2 tips are alternative methods that experts recommend.
#20. Attract Birds
While you might be worried about birds eating your produce, they are an excellent resident to have in your garden — plus they look great when you’re relaxing on your patio. Keep a bird feeder and bird bath in the garden to lure birds; if you begin in the fall, they’ll already be there when spring rolls around. Depending on your location, you might also consider guinea fowl, which will eat a variety of bugs, including ticks, and they don’t tend to bother your plants.
#21. Attract Lady Bugs
You can attract ladybugs by growing plants that they like, or you can actually order ladybugs to be delivered to your house. Why add more bugs to the garden? These friendly insects won’t hurt your plants, but they will eat insects such as aphids, which can do a great deal of damage to your plants.
There are plenty of different ways to keep pests out of your garden, but you should select ways that are safe for your family and the environment. Encouraging predators of pests is just one way to keep populations of aphids down: you can also spritz your plants with mixtures containing peppers or neem oil to keep pests away.
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