Do not let your plants get wrecked by all sorts of pests! Below are five common ones and how to get rid of them in the natural way.
Add a couple of wooden boards into your garden soil not too far from your plants to catch these pesky snails. They will take shelter in the damp shade of your boards and you can easily pick them up and throw away from your garden. Alternatively, you can spray them with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to dispose of them.
Butterflies are fun but caterpillars can destroy your garden completely. Pick these critters off your plants by hand and plant thyme and oregano to keep them away.
It is not easy to spot aphids because they are often too small and reproduce quickly. Check your plants for early signs of infestation: misshapen or yellow leaves or if the plants are sticky. Fight these aphids by making your own citrus-rind spray. Simply grate the rind of one lemon or orange and combine it with a pint of boiling water. Let it steep overnight, then strain the rind off. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray the leaves of your infected plants. Remember to spray under the leaves, too! Reapply until the problem is resolved.
Before you sleep, roll up sheets of wet newspaper and lay them around the garden. At sunrise, the earwigs will crawl inside the wet pages to take shelter. When you wake up the next day, collect the newspaper before they dry out. Burn the paper or submerge it in water to dispose of the earwigs. You can also place it inside a zipper bag. Do not just throw the newspaper into your trash can because the earwigs will escape and just return to your garden.
Did you know that slugs enjoy beer as much as you do? To catch them, fill a small can with beer and bury it in your garden soil up to its rim. Overnight, slugs will move into the beer and drown. Just throw the entire can in the morning. This trap can only attract slugs within a few feet of it though. Add multiple cans around your garden if you have a big infestation.