Once again the time to start thinking about planting your annual vegetable garden is upon us. As you search the local garden stores for your seed choices for the your vegetable garden you may want to start thinking about pest and critter control. Most of us put a great deal of time and attention into our gardens. This can quickly turn into a waste of time if you don’t address the issue of critter and pest control. That is why I am writing this article, to show you how to keep those pests out of your garden with affordable and practical pest and critter control. We all want a successful and fruitful garden season.
When I first started out as a beginner gardener many years ago. I would get a lot of advice on how to keep the critters out of my garden from friends and family. I started out with a small vegetable garden which consisted of tomato plants, hot peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, and corn. My first garden ended up being a successful garden because I took my friends and families advice on pest and critter control. Now I will share these tips with you.
Squirrels can become real pesky creatures when you have a vegetable garden. To keep those pesky squirrels out you will need a jar of hot peppers. If you don’t have red hot peppers already in your home you can purchase them at your local grocery store. What you need to find are the skinny long red hot peppers in a jar. Once you have your hot peppers, you will want to sprinkle them in between your plants. I would say use one hot pepper for every square foot. Soon you will notice that those pesky squirrels will stay far away from your vegetable garden.
This hint is for the birds, old men’s undershirts will frighten the birds away. Look through your draws for old undershirts that are just collecting dust. If you don’t have an undershirt you can use any old white tee-shirt. Cut the old shirt into long strips just make sure they are not to long, your going to want these to blow in the wind. Put some wooden stakes into the ground surrounding your garden. Tie some old fishing line to the stakes so it surrounds the garden. Then you are going to tie the cloth strips about 1 foot apart surrounding the whole garden. The birds will see the cloth blowing in the wind and become frightened and quickly fly away.
To keep the insects out of your garden you can make a concoction of dish soap and water and spray throughout your garden. This keeps most insects at bay and doesn’t cost much.
Another easy and effective way to keep small animals as well as snakes out of your garden is moth balls. These you can buy in most grocery stores and are most likely located in the detergent aisle.
I hope these helpful hints will bring you much success and keep those nasty varmints out of your vegetable garden.