One of the most frustrating parts of any type of gardening is without a doubt deterring pests. Prevention is the name of the game. The following topics can aid in managing both those visible and invisible pests without the use of harmful pesticides.
Location- Sunlight is important/improper sunlight equates to long weak stems. Pests are attracted to weaker plants.
Water- Ensuring your plants have adequate water can prevent pests. H2O deprived plants will bolt to spread their seeds before they die. Plants at this stage are especially susceptible to pests who thrive under those conditions. Another way water can help is it can prevent pests from laying their eggs and reproducing on your plants. This can be accomplished by hosing off your plants twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening.
Climate- Make sure the plants you decide to grow, actually thrive during a specific season. For example, cucumbers grown in the cooler seasons can start to decay before it is ready to eat. This is not only important to yield a crop, but to make sure you are providing the proper maintenance for your plants. If you fail to grow your vegetables during their favored season, they can become stressed. Stressed plants attract insects and other plants.
Frequent Harvesting- Once your plants are ready, harvest, harvest, harvest. Luscious greens are not only attractive to hydroponic gardeners, we see it as food and pests see it as food, shelter and a breeding ground. Pick your food when it is ready and allow healthy pest-free sprouts to have their time in the limelight.
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