How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden

How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden


[Music] Pests are an ever-present menace in the
vegetable garden. You can never escape the threat of an attack, but you can at least plan for one. The secret lies in attracting beneficial wildlife, arming
yourself with barriers, and working strategically to sidestep common pests. In this video we’ll show you how it’s done. A healthy plant is less likely to succumb to pests
than one that is weak or stressed. Make sure your crops are as healthy as possible by following good cultivation practices. Water soil in dry weather, keep
plants regularly weeded, and add organic fertilizers and organic
mulch (such as garden compost) where appropriate. Only grow crops that will thrive
in the space you can give them. Enlist the help of natural allies that
will dispatch pests for you. Predatory insects such as ladybirds (or lady bugs),
birds, toads and many other animals can eat or destroy pests before they
become a problem. Attract predatory insects into the garden
by planting the flowers that they will also feed on. Choose plants with a
single ring of petals, which normally contain greater amounts of
nectar and pollen. Good examples include calendula, an easy-to-grow annual that readily
sows itself from one year to the next, and fennel which is a favorite of hoverflies (or syrphid flies). Don’t forget flowers for early and late in the season
too. Spring bulbs such as crocuses are excellent early on, while ivy is a great
choice towards the end of the season. Often, leaving one or two biennial crops such
as onions and carrots in the ground ensures an early source of nectar. Several overwintering cover crops or green manures also provide early and
late flowers for beneficial insects. You can find a list of recommended flowers
to attract beneficial bugs to your garden in our Garden Planner. Incorporating them
into your plan is easy. We’re going to choose calendula, which is great near salad crops, so we’ll place it here, next to these lettuces. Use the corner handles if you
need to extend the row or expand it out into a block. Once your plan is complete, click the Plant List button
to see exactly how many you’ll need to plant in this area. Other ways to attract insects include installing
bought or homemade insect hotels, such as this one, allowing
patches of grass to grow a little longer, and leaving deadwood in corners of the garden
as breeding areas for beetles. A clump or two of nettles also draws in
plenty of beneficial bugs. Frogs and toads carry a healthy appetite for slugs and
many insects, making them perfect garden companions. Install a pond to
provide a breeding place for these amphibians. Even a small one, made by
sinking a watertight container into the ground, can lure them in. Water is also vital for birds, including insect eaters which will feast on the likes of aphids after quenching their thirst. Dont forget to include trees, shrubs and hedges to
the perimeter of your garden. These provide nesting sites and food, ensuring your feathered friends
will never be far from potential pests. Physical barriers such as netting,
insect mesh, fleece or row covers are highly effective at stopping
flying pests such as aphids and carrot fly. Set them into position before an
attack is likely. In many cases, for example to protect against carrot fly, that means laying covers onto the ground as soon as the seeds have been sown, and only removing them
to weed after wet weather. It often helps to group crops that require
the same type of protection together. For example, crops in the cabbage family such
as cauliflower, broccoli and kale may be grown next to each other in the same
bed. This means that all the plants can be covered with a single piece of
netting to prevent butterflies laying their eggs. Similarly, by growing fruit
bushes in one part of the garden, a fruit cage becomes more practical to
prevent birds from eating your harvest. You can also add barriers like this to a
garden plan. Start by selecting garden objects in the selection bar, then scroll
through to select what you need. This fruit cage is just the job for
these berries. There we go – safe and sound! Of course, to install defenses you need to
know which pests are heading your way. That’s where the Big Bug Hunt comes in. If you see any pests or beneficial insects in your garden, please head over to Big BugHunt.com and report them. We’re working with leading university
researchers to build a pest early-warning system to help gardeners around
the world save their hard-won harvests. Every bug reported
will help to make that system more accurate. Pests will always be synonymous with gardening, but exercise some precautions
and you’ll beat the bugs. Tell us how you prevent pests
by dropping us a comment below, and if you haven’t yet subscribed to our video
channel, well, now’s the perfect time to do so. I’ll catch you next time. [Music]

23 thoughts on “How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden”

  1. I definitely agree with attracting predatory animals to your garden as a natural pest defense. Cultivating them correctly is very important too! The problem with me is I tend to coat my plants with a layer of slug pellets all over, thinking it will deal with the problem of all insects!

  2. How to get rid of ants organically because they protects aphids. Both are everywhere in my garden. Grrr!!!

  3. just dug out a compost trench cant wait for it to decompose to get out all those awesome nutrients
    i dug it out because i just removed a lot of weeds from my garden and i mean a lot
    thank you for making the composting in Situ because i haven't got a compost bin because we haven't got enough room and im just about to make a beer trap for slugs
    but could you tell me any tips to attract bees to my garden because my biggest cherry tomato plant is about to flower ^_^

  4. Please could you tell me how to get rid of tomato blight I think my tomato plant has it il send you a pic on twitter so that you can identify for me ^_^

  5. i have tons of aphids this year – fortunately they are mostly on weeds, lambs quarters, we do eat them though and the aphids are a pain! BUT on the bright side, there many lady bugs as well. I just checked out what their eggs look like so i will not get rid of them. There are aphids on my blooming kale, I want to get seeds. The birds frequent the plants and i hope they eat the aphids, not just pick around on my Kale blossoms 🙂

  6. Hi, Great episode. I think one problem most people have is green fly on their lettuce what I want to try next year is fine veggie mesh (0.8mm) which supposed to prevent them so lets see 😉

  7. Hi, thank you very much for your videos! I have a very heavy clay soil and not much direct sunlight have a huge problem with slugs and snails which is what attracted me to this video. I have another problem that I've struggled with the last couple of years too, peach tree leaf curl! Do you have any safe ideas on how to deal with it? It was worse last year when I had barely any leaves on the tree at all by the time I noticed it and it had even infected my dwarf cherry tree! The cheery is fine this year and a couple of dwarf peach and nectarine trees that I have in pots seem to be thriving too. I'm very much a novice gardener and was so excited at the idea of growing my own peaches but, although there were absolutely tons of fruit on there last year, I only actually got to eat one of them. Also it's supposed to be a dwarf root stock but since I put it in my garden (in an area where I had been keeping chickens so wanted to make the most of having a fertilized patch) it has grown to about 8foot!  Sorry for the huge post. Any other hints or tips would be greatly appreciated but in the mean time I shall get lost in your other videos for a week or two :)Thank you! 🙂

  8. Spray plants with peppermint essential oil diluted with water. Shake frequently to disperse oil throughout water.

  9. I found a great bug busting trick. The purple black light! at nighttime when most of the nastiests pest are thriving in the garden, a simple black lightbulb from a novelty store in my extension cord lamp will illuminate every soft bodied bug, slug, grub, catepillar, aphid and mite there are! They glow in the dark under the blacklight.
    I have also gone to aquarium stores who sell blacklights in as small as 8 inch tubes that fit into some hand held battery lights that take them, usually a light found in hardware stores or auto stores for road side illumination.
    If you ever wondered what is in your garden, this is a good way to find out, The good bugs are often hard shelled and are not florecent under a black light but be sure to identify before removing.
    I bring a bucket after a damp day and load up the slugs and snails and empty them down the road in a place they will be happy to stay at. In a few days I have almost none and the following year, few if any new babies.

  10. I love these videos.  I use the only 100% organic weed killer i know…..my hands..  I am wondering what you recommend for keeping the cabbage moth off of my Brassica's.  Ive built a brassica house with netting about 1/2" sq holes, but they still seem to wiggle in.  I've doubled the netting in some spots but fear this will not completely work.  I have planted onions and chives in the house as well.  Would be glad to show you a picture if I knew how.

  11. I like to let my chickens in to take care of any slugs and snails, I just keep and eye on them so they don't ravage the plants instead. Also wouldn't recommend leaving piles of sticks and long grass around if you're in Australia it'd be the perfect snake habitat.

  12. Living in India we have lots of neem trees. Once a week we spray with neemwater to prevent a pest. It works pritty well.

  13. Encouraging bees, birds and other insects with flowers, piles of logs, wildlife pond, piles of grass and sticks. I move ladybirds and their grubs to area where they need to work in. The black fly on the artichokes were seen off quickly. Although I try hard to be an organic gardener I did have to resort to a spray for black spot on one of my roses.

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