It’s tough for an organic gardener to share his plants with insects that can potentially destroy his garden. An organic gardener needs to keep his garden balanced to cultivate strong and healthy plants. But the dream of having a beautiful garden and an abundant, pesticide-free harvest can easily be ruined by an invading horde of pests and insects. So what should an organic gardener do to prevent this from happening? Managing and manually removing insect pests in your organic garden is easy as long as you use these insect-control methods. There are 3 ways of manually removing insect pests in your organic garden:
1. Handpick the Insects
Always bring a can of soapy water with you when going out to check your plants. The can of soapy water is where you will put all of the pests that you can find in your organic garden. Slow moving insects such as beetles can easily be handpicked and placed into your can. You can do this especially at night when beetles are sleeping. This method can be used on other insects as well.
Another option is to use plastic bags. Place plastic bags under plants and wobble the plants to remove the insects, then transfer the insects to the can of soapy water. Small pests are hard to pick off, but you can remove lots of them by careful pruning. Trim or remove parts of plants where insects gather to prevent further damage. Remove leaves and parts of branches that have been overrun by caterpillars.
2. Vacuum the Leaves
Some insects gather on the upper leaves and some hide in the lower leaves. Vacuum the leaves whenever you see insects amassing. Just remember to use a low-suction vacuum so that you will not lose some leaves. After vacuuming, get rid of the vacuum bag properly so that the tiny pests won’t be able to creep back out.
3. Give Your Plants a Quick Shower
You can significantly reduce the damage on your plants by merely dislodging the insects off. This method will be easier to do if you shower you plants daily before the pests creep back up onto your plants. You can apply this method on houseplants as well. But don’t shower your plants at night as wet leaves in the evening can cause disease organisms to spread.