In the past few years organic produce and gardening has become more and more common , we have become increasingly health-conscious and aware of the dangers that many commercial products present to our health. Today, you’ll find that most supermarkets have relatively good-sized sections of their store devoted to organic vegetables and fruits.
Organic does not mean that the products are pesticide- or chemical-free. Organic farmers in many states, are allowed to use a variety of chemical sprays on their crops. What products can we use that are both safe and helpful in warding off pesky insects and weeds for those interested in their own organic gardening?
So, what does organic mean? If pesticides are used, this means that they must be derived from natural sources and lightly processed if at all before being used. This way is different from conventional agriculture, that uses synthetically-manufactured pesticides.
Organic farmers use tools, such as biological controls (like predator insects and microorganisms) and insect traps to help dissuade insects from eating the crops.
Several rules apply to organic farmers, namely that pesticides cannot be applied with equipment that has been used to apply synthetic chemicals for the past three years. The top two organic fungicides were copper and sulfur, according to the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy.
It is important to know your farmer because there is a wide range of practices. Buy locally whenever possible. Visit your local farmer’s market and interact with the farmers. To make sure you know what you’re consuming ask them about their methods .
Organic Pesticides For Your Garden
There are more and more plants that produce natural fungicides, bactericides, and insecticides. Many nontoxic household products are often effective in fending off gardening pests, including hostile weeds.
Ingredients and material
1 cup olive oil
1-quart tap water
1 teaspoon natural liquid dishwashing detergent
Mix the detergent and vegetable oil and put in the spray bottle and shake well.
Add the tap water.
At 10-day intervals you can use this mix as a spray to ward off spider mites, white flies, aphids, and much more.
Liquid Detergent-Alcohol Spray
Ingredients and material
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent
Mix the detergent, rubbing alcohol and water and put in the spray bottle.
Be sure to test on a few leaves to make sure it doesn’t irritate the plants.
With white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent fill a spray bottle. Spray directly on the plants you don’t want growing.
Growing your own vegetables or getting to know your local farmers is certainly one of the best options as the search for organically-grown produce with minimal use of pesticides becomes more challenging . Stay healthy!