7 Simple Strategies to Prevent Garden Pests

| 7/31/2019 8:24:00 AM

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1. Grow Resistant Varieties

Research seed catalogs to find varieties that are have shown resistance to common pests. For example, there are some varieties of carrot that are resistant to carrot rust fly and potatoes that can shake off eelworm.

2. Confuse Pests 

Interplanting crops makes it harder for pests to home in on their preferred crops. Interplant different vegetables together, or mix up vegetables with herbs or flowers.

Try growing vegetables with colored leaves, such as purple or red varieties of kale or cabbage, that bugs won’t expect.

3. Plant Outside of Peak Times  

Choose early or late varieties that sidestep the peak times for common pests. For example, growing Asian greens and mustards in the fall helps your crops avoid the attentions of flea beetles, or grow early peas to escape problems with pea moth.

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