Controlling Pests in the Garden
- How can I learn to identify the insect pests that attack my garden, and what can I do to control or eliminate them?
- Pest control is very important to the successful gardener! Cultural practices, such as eliminating all weeds and grass from your garden, including the outside edges, is very important. This will minimize their opportunity to migrate in from other places. Also, maintaining dry wide aisles will reduce their opportunities for spreading. And growing healthy, vigorous plants will reduce pests’ effectiveness more than anything else. This is one of the great benefits of The Mittleider Method, since plants are not in the ground long enough for pest populations to become a serious problem.
In order to learn the various types of bugs, and be able to distinguish which are harmful and how to attack them, I recommend you study chapter 20 in The Mittleider Gardening Course or Lecture #22 in the Video Lecture Series, for specific information.
Also, there is good information available on the internet. Two articles I particularly like are one by the University of Florida at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH036, and one by Oklahoma State U at https://www.okstate.edu/OSU_Ag/agedcm4h/pearl/insects/grdnbugs/f7313.htm.