I have planted my first garden this year. I am learning as I go!: Something is eating my cucumbers and peppers. I got desperate today and sprayed them with a pesticide! I was afraid of losing my cucumbers and din't know what else too do. Please I need a natural alternative, I don't want anymore chemicals in my garden especially once the plants start getting vegetables. This should help get it under control, but how do I keep it that way? I don't want my family eatin all the junk, thats why I wanted too grow my own.
Help! and Thanks!
congrats on your garden! well, i'm sure someone else can step in here with more info, but here goes...
it really helps if you can identify what the bug is that's doing the damage. there are good bugs (think ladybugs) and bad bugs (think aphids) and the good bugs will eat the bad bugs so you don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak and spray something that's going to kill them both. also, a lot of plants can withstand some damage from pests. flea beetles, for example, make little tiny teeny holes in the leaves of pepper plants and eggplants and some greens like arugula, but they don't usually damage the fruit, so you can live and let live unless the infestation is really severe.
all that said, you might try an insecticidal soap spray. there are commercial brands or you can mix one up yourself with a little soap and a little oil and a lot of water. go very light on the soap (not detergent) and oil or you can damage your plants. don't spray in the heat of the day either. just a strong spray of water will also dislodge pests like aphids or you can just squoosh 'em. another homemade organic spray is made by mixing hot pepper and garlic and water. you can puree it all in the blender and then strain it through cheesecloth before putting it in your spray bottle. i think that one is supposed to discourage the bad guys from coming back.
there's a good organic gardening forum at www.gardenweb.com if you're interested in checking it out.
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