7 Organic Gardening Tips: DIY Pest Control for Healthy Living

Organic gardening and living green is about taking the extra step to making sure you are living, eating healthy, and protecting our environment against dangerous toxins. Gardeners that are devoted to pesticide-free growing and living naturally, want to plant (and eat) edibles that are safe, or keep flower beds and soil naturally healthy.

Organic gardening tips and DIY pest control


Dangers of Pesticides:

  • Chemical pesticides affect the nervous system while others cause cancer.
  • Some chemicals cause irritation to the skin or eyes, and others affect hormones or systems in the body. Amazing some war-time chemicals that were used as weapons are still in used in pesticides today.
  • Washing non-organic produce may help to remove some residual pesticide, but it can not remove it all and the chemicals leech into our water supply which affects the people, soil, wildlife, pets, other plants, and beneficial pests.
  • Children are at a higher risk because they are still growing and tend to put many things in their mouths. When they ingest toxic pesticides it can lead to developmental delays.
  • Another very important factor is many scientists believe that pesticides are one of the contributing factors to the decline of bees.

Eating organic, living a green lifestyle, and avoiding processed foods will drastically reduce these and other pesticide-related health problems and help you and your family on the road to a healthy life.

Here are some great tips and key steps you can take to get and keep the pesticides out of your garden and live organically:

1. Grow on a good foundation. Healthy plants love healthy soil – soil that’s regularly changed with compost or supplemented if it’s too sandy or clayey. Have your soil tested to discover its composition and add nutrients as needed. Each spring, dig in several inches of compost, protect your plants yearly or seasonally with a healthy layer of organic mulch, and clear out any dead plant material at the growing season’s end.

2. Match your plants to your growing climate. If you have plants that struggle and strain through the growing season, they may not be a good fit, either for the spot they’re in or for your climate. For example, sun-loving phlox may be more susceptible to wilt or mold if planted in a shady, wet location. Shrubs hardy only to USDA Zone 5 may struggle after a particularly difficult, long, and cold winter. Choose your plants carefully and plant them as recommended.

3. Be diverse. Some plants need more of a certain kind of nutrient or mineral, such as nitrogen. If you plant the same thing over and over in the same spot, you’ll deplete your soil of the very thing the plants require. You’ll also encourage nuisance bugs to take up residence – think squash bugs that overwinter in the ground and feed on the same plot of melons each year. Your yearly garden plan should include a diverse crop with a variety of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Rotating plants helps, too. In a veggie garden, swap out spots, moving your tomatoes and peppers from year to year and skipping cucumbers if squash bugs have taken up residence.

4.  Let the good Bugs Live. Do not assume that all bugs are bad. Just because you see a bug doesn’t mean it needs to be removed. If you spray pesticides, you may be killing helpful bugs and other garden bugs that actually prey on other bad bugs. For example, beetles and lizards gnaw on slugs, while ladybugs and wasps love to gorge on plant-killing aphids. If you’re not sure which bugs are good and which are bad, check with your local extension service for a guide.

5. Inspect your plants regularly. If bugs or other pests start to make inroads into your garden, quick detection may prevent them from taking over. Regularly check your garden and plants for discolored leaves, wilting plants, or other signs of damage. Remove weeds as they sprout so they don’t end up competing with your flowers and vegetables for nutrients and sunshine. If your garden is enduring a bad dry spell, water well and deeply at least once per week. Remove any plants that cannot be saved to stave off the spread of disease.

6.  Use barriers if you can. Not all pests are from the insects world. Raccoons, rabbits, ground hops, and deer can destroy your garden in just a night. If you can, fence your garden beds to discourage four-legged pests.

7. Try organic sprays and remedies. There are over-the-counter remedies that are not full of chemicals and are certified organic. A natural non-toxic pest control that I love and works wonders is  Diatomaceous Earth. Read more about this “Diatomaceous Earth – Use it for What? . If your goal is a pesticide-free garden and living a healthy green lifestyle then consider them as a remedy for a persistent problem.

Some DIY home remedies that work great too and can save you money. 


Information provided by Kelly Roberson From  fix.com/blog/pesticide-free-gardening/






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    1. If you a very small amount of dish soap and if it is eco-friendly just makes the liquid stick to the plant or leaves. It will not make the plant wither. You are only using a few drops to a gallon of water and you can even use castile soap if you are concerned. I only use eco-friendly dish soap in my house even for dishes that is non-toxic and without petroleum products or toxins in. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy, & blessed day!

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  10. These are some great natural remedies! It’s not very easy to get rid of pests these days. But with a little care, you can get great results with harmless solutions. It just takes some practice to hone the tactics to your area and type of plants. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Sergo,
      Yes you are right it does take time to find the right solutions for your area, but using natural solutions are very important to our health. Thanks for reading my article and commenting.

  11. Nancy Andres

    Dear Marla, Thanks for this informative post about DIY Healthy Pest Control for the garden. I saw it at Real Food Friday #90 and pinned it and re-shared it on Google+. I’ll try those methods mentioned, if and when I need them. I’ve used Seventh Generation liquid free and clear dish soap (biodegradable) and water to wash off aphids in the roses. I also mist roses in the early morning, even without the soap. Spraying both sides of the leaves helps rid the plants of pests. Planting marigolds around the vegetable beds helps too. The strong aroma repels pests well. Good you blogged this. I think it’s helpful for people to be reminded that toxic pesticides can adversely impact our water, soil, and health. Warm regards, Nancy Andres

    1. Hi Nancy.
      I use DIY pest control for all my garden pest needs. No chemicals in my garden. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend!

    1. Thank you reading my article and gardening. Glad I could help you with your pest problems in your garden. Have fun with the kids and gardening.

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  15. Hi Marla,
    It is so important to reinforce the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. Thank you so much for sharing these vital pesticide-free gardening and organic living with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Deborah,
      I agree I am totally against toxic pesticides – there are so many health and environmental risks. Have a healthy happy weekend! Marla

  16. Louise Hodges

    Hi Kelly – Great post! I wholeheartedly agree with you and therefore created my own natural line of pest control products called Greenbug. All Greenbug products are organic, food grade safe, harmless to beneficial creatures, and they work. I’d love to discuss further if you’d like as sometimes people really want (or need) something with some oomph and most of the options are toxic and synthetic.

Would love to know your thoughts!

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