10 Essential Practices
Fill a garden with a wide variety of plants, including flowers and herbs, to attract many beneficial insects.
into soil to increase soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients. Compost also supports beneficial soil microbes that help spur healthy plant growth.
Avoid planting large blocks of the same crop, which offers an easy target for pests.
Protect soil from compaction with wide row or raised planting beds. Permanent footpaths also prevent soil compaction.
Inspect plants daily to catch pest and disease attacks before they become major problems.
Research pest and disease problems to learn all control options.
Choose synthetic chemicals for pest control only when all other methods fail. Select a target-specific chemical (one that targets a specific insect) instead of a broad-spectrum one (that kills many different types of insects).
Hang birdhouses and add a birdbath to attract insect-eating birds to your garden, but be ready to share some fruit with them, too. Or, don’t do this one.
Let leafy crops, such as broccoli or greens, flower at the end of their season to provide nectar for beneficial insects.
planting beds to suppress weeds and retain soil moisture.
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