Organic ways to beat garden pests.

Organic ways to beat garden pests.

Permaculture is all about living more sustainably and creating a site that caters for the needs of all its inhabitants…including the cunning, clever pests! I’m more than happy to work with mother nature, oppose to against it, but when it comes to sharing my hard earned work with these little creatures, I simply can’t roll over that easily.  So here is a list of ways to prevent, deter and hopefully keep garden pests off your produce, using no chemicals. Keep an eye on this list and pest problems can change seasonally and I would love to hear any of your tips too! Snails -these guys are ruthless and no matter what I do, these guys comeback tour never ends! Beer traps – You can buy a beer trap from a gardening store, fill it with any beer that you aren’t planning on drinking and then watch for the snail, drink, drive and crash. Crushed egg shells – place these around your plant/seedling, they hate moving over the top. Coffee Beans – Sprinkle a layer of grounded coffee beans around the base of your plant, they hate the stuff and won’t go anywhere near it. Note: if you’re going to use the crushed egg shells and coffee beans for your seedlings remember to always water first, this not only keeps the eggs/coffee beans in place it prevents changing the PH of the soil too much. Nasturtium’s – not only can you eat these colourful flowers, but they act as a great lodge for snails and keep the soil moist during the hotter months. Snail shed – To prevent snails getting onto...