Use Flowers as Part of Your Organic Integrated Pest Management


| 6/19/2019 10:05:00 AM


 

Sunflowers planted into a bean bed to attract birds and beneficial insects.

Organic Integrated Pest Management involves tackling pest problems one step at a time with ecologically-based practices, starting with actions chosen to reduce the chances of the pest ever getting a grip on your crops. You can find various listings of steps online and in print. They are all in basic agreement – start with prevention, follow with avoidance, and finish with pest-killing if needed. Here's our current flight of steps:

Cultivate a good environment for your crops: healthy soil, sufficient space, nutrients and water, suitable temperature, soil pH. Practice crop rotation to reduce the chances of pests and diseases carrying over from one crop to the next. Clear old crops promptly, so they don't act as a breeding ground for the pest. Choose suitable varieties that resist the pests you most expect.

1. Cover or protect the plants physically from the pests (mulches to stop soil-dwelling pests moving up into your crops, netting, rowcover, planting diverse crops, and even trap crops)



2. Provide habitat for natural enemies and other beneficial insects





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