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From: Keith ( -
Subject: Re: pesticides in the garden
Date: September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am PST

In Reply to: pesticides in the garden posted by Silvia on September 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm:

We are in a similar position, with a veggie garden in a clearing in the woods.

The best pesticide-free solution to existing pests is physical removal, like you are doing. For prevention, you could try companion planting. Look up what plants deter the specific pests you are dealing with. Marigold is a fairly broad-spectrum insect repellent. Lots of nibbly critters dislike garlic, too.

Another prevention strategy we are trying is remote lures. Carrot fly is a major problem here. Some people refuse to grow carrots because of it. What I am doing is ensuring that the shoulders of the roots are always covered, and that there is no Queen Anne's Lace (a.k.a. wild carrot) in the garden. However, I let Queen Anne's Lace grow elsewhere on the property, the idea being that the flies will go there instead of to my carrots. So far, it seems to be working.

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