Getting rid of bugs in the veggie garden

Miranda - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there! I have a 1 year old daughter and we have a very big veggie garden and would like to keep it pesticide free for her sake (as well as ours). What is a good way to get all the nasty bugs out of it and not have to spray pesticides? I’ve tried sugar water and grape juice. Neither has worked. Please Help!!!

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Crystal - posted on 04/17/2010

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umm. i use soapy water, it deters lots of little nibblers. beer attracts slugs, so if you put it in bucket, they will drown themselves. also certain flowering plants attract bugs, we call them "bait flowers" its sad but works. like marigolds or ladybugs if you don't mind good bugs in the veggie garden. hope this helps :) it really depends on the type of pest your trying to rid yourself of. i can help more if you post more info about your problem.

Laurie - posted on 07/23/2009

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For slugs, you're got several options. Hand picking (I like to throw them as far from my garden as possible), crushed egg shells around your plants, shallow bowls of beer (in which they drown), and if you are planted in raised beds or pots, a border of copper tape.



I've never heard of using grape juice and sugar water. Seems like that would attract rather than repel. Soapy water, neem oil, and 'good' bugs that are natural predators are options.



I also have marigolds planted throughout my veggie garden. They seem to keep most of the bugs away. Although the slugs do love them. =P

Miranda - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Amber:

What kind of bugs are you dealing with? And on which plants?


 



We have slugs on our green beans, squash and pumpkin and earwigs on basil, lemon balm, mint, watermelon and also pumpkin.  

Sarah - posted on 07/08/2009

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I have had a couple of people, including a gardening website, tell me that soapy water in a spray bottle works because it makes the leaves gross tasting. I have the same problem and I am willing to give it a try in order to avoid pesticides. Just spray them once a week with soapy water. Let me know how it goes!

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