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Organic Pest Control Series

One of the first questions new gardeners ask is, “How do I keep bugs out of my garden?” The answer? You don't! Bugs are a necessary (and sometimes helpful) part of every garden ecosystem. Learning to spot the "pests" among the "beneficials," however, will help you keep your cool and cultivate your best garden ever.

In our Organic Pest Control Series, gardening expert Barbara Pleasant guides you through identifying the insects in your garden. The Common Garden Pests pages includes profiles for 15 bugs to bid farewell: aphids, cucumber beetles, grasshoppers, slugs and more. In the Beneficial Insects section, you'll learn about 14 insect friends — from honeybees to garden spiders — that will actually make your garden stronger and healthier. Finally, you can check out the Using Organic Pesticides page for tips on how to get rid of those bad bugs for good. Beautifully illustrated by Keith Ward, the profiles included in this series are sure to get you pointed in the right direction.

We understand you might want to access this information while standing ankle-deep in rich garden soil, or bending over backwards to identify a new insect. For this reason, the Organic Pest Control Series is also available for your mobile device. Check out our Garden Insects Guide app, available in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS library app.

Here are the three sections of our Organic Pest Control Series:


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2/25/2015 4:05:26 PM
I never realized there were so many options for organic pest control. Is there any reason why there aren't entire pest control companies that operate using only organic remedies? Perhaps they are more effective when they are consistently employed by home-owners? Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

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"Wishing You Happiness and Prosperity" (Chinese: 恭喜恭喜; pinyin: Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ; literally: "congratulations, congratulations") is a popular Mandarin Chinese song and a Chinese Lunar New Year standard. Other English titles for the song include "Congratulations" and "Happiness To You." The music and words of the song are both by Chen Gexin (under the pen name Qing Yu) and it was written in Shanghai in 1945 to celebrate the defeat of Japan and liberation of China at the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War (World War II). The final lines of this song replicate the typical beat of the Chinese drum. An early popular recording of the song was by Yao Lee and her brother Yao Min. Because its title is also a common Lunar New Year greeting and the song celebrates the arrival of spring, it quickly became associated almost exclusively with New Year celebrations and remains a part of the season's musical canon. Contemporary versions of the song frequently appear on Chinese New Year musical collection albums, sometimes as electronic dance music performances and occasionally also feature lyrics in Taiwanese Hokkien and even English. A more modern rendition of the song appeared on the 2002 China Dolls album 多一點點 - 小調大風行. This song was included in the Pink Martini Christmas album Joy to the World released in 2010, under the title "Congratulations - A Happy New Year Song" with vocals by China Forbes and Timothy Yuji Nishimoto.|

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8/18/2014 12:21:52 AM
Learning about the beneficial insects in your garden will make it a more fascinating place, and help you tweak it in ways that intensify the work done by wild garden allies. This is often a simple matter of avoiding the use of pesticides (including organic ones) and growing plenty of flowers to provide beneficial insects with pollen and nectar. In greenhouses or other special situations, you may even decide to purchase and release certain lab-raised beneficial insects.

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