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How to keep pests out of your survival garden

naturalnews.com
2 July 2020
Zoey Sky


(Natural News) For a homesteader, a garden does more than add beauty to your property. When SHTF, your garden can provide fresh produce so you can keep your family healthy and well-fed.

But maintaining a garden means you also need to know natural and effective ways to protect your plants from garden pests. (h/t to BeansBulletsBandagesAndYou.com)

Why chemical pesticides are bad for your garden

Pesticides are used to eliminate organisms that can invade or damage crops.

There are different kinds of pesticides, such as:

  • Fungicides, which are used to protect harvested crops and seeds from fungal rot.
  • Herbicides, also called weed killers, which are used to boost crop yields.
  • Insecticides, which are used to eliminate insects and their eggs.

Ideally, pesticides should destroy its target pest without causing negative side effects to humans, other plants, animals and the environment.

But while some commonly used pesticides come close, they are far from perfect. Using pesticides in your home garden can still negatively affect your health and the environment, which you may not want to risk when SHTF.

Synthetic pesticides are created in industrial labs while organic pesticides, or biopesticides, are made using naturally occurring chemicals.

Avoid using the classes of synthetic pesticides detailed below to keep your crops safe for human consumption and to avoid harming the environment.

  • Carbamates are insecticides that affect the nervous system like organophosphate. However, the former is less toxic and their effects wear off more quickly.
  • Glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, is a herbicide used to farm genetically modified crops (GMOs).
  • Neonicotinoids are insecticides used on leaves and trees. The EPA is studying neonicotinoids because they cause harm to bees.
  • Organophosphates are insecticides that target the nervous system. Some organophosphates are banned or restricted because of toxic accidental exposures.

Organic and sustainable methods of insect control

Companion planting

Companion planting involves growing certain kinds of plants in your garden that offers benefit to your other crops. Some plants can keep out certain insects from your garden.

For example, marigolds and nasturtium help repel squash pest insects. Meanwhile, borage, which deters tomato hornworm and cabbage moth caterpillars, should be planted near strawberries and tomatoes.

Physical methods 

Physical methods are cheaper than buying various products, but they often require more of your time and energy.

  1. Hand-picking – Some bugs that are big enough can be easily picked off of your plants, but this may not be the best option if you’re busy with work or other tasks around your homestead. You may also want to consider other options if you have health conditions that may prevent you from working in your garden for too long. (Related: Home gardening tips for preppers: Get rid of squash beetles with this item from your pantry.)
  2. Neem oil – Neem oil tastes bitter and smells like a mixture of garlic and sulfur. It helps repel garden pests like insects, mites and fungi-like powdery mildew. You can spray neem oil on plants for pest control because it won’t harm beneficial insects like honeybees and ladybugs. Neem oil is also safe to use around humans and pets.
  3. Row covers – Row covers are less labor-intensive. Floating row covers are light, air- and somewhat light-permeable strips of material that you can put over the plants to physically block the insects. Using row covers at night also helps deter rabbits. Note that row covers shouldn’t be used on flowering species that need flying insect pollinators. Make sure row covers are light enough to not crush your crops, but are tight enough to keep out flying insects.

Recipe for homemade insect spray

Try the recipe below to make a natural insect spray for your home garden.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • garlic cloves, mashed or chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 bar of soap, grated

Steps:

  1. Boil the water in a pot along with the cayenne, garlic and onion. Add the grated soap and stir.
  2. Remove the pot from heat when bubbles start to rise or after 2 minutes.
  3. Cover the pot, then let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture before using.

For small applications, store the mixture in a sprayer bottle.

To cover larger areas, use tank sprayers that are pressurized by pumping air. Use a tank sprayer with a long wand attachment so you don’t hurt your back while spraying low plants.

Tips on using sprays

You can tweak the homemade spray by using other ingredients you might have at home, like chopped hot pepper if you don’t have cayenne.

Replace the grated soap with liquid soaps or dish detergent. The soap helps the mixture to stick to the leaves since some plants wax their leaves to shed water and deter fungi, but this also sheds homemade insect spray without soap.

Use these natural methods to help your crops thrive and keep your home garden free from pests and harmful chemicals.

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Bayer and the bees | DW Documentary

Insecticides are sometimes necessary in farming. But some substances, like neonicotinoids, kill not only pests but bees as well. Now the Bayer Group, one of the main manufacturers of these pesticides, is coming under pressure. Scientists around the world have found that neonicotinoids are the main cause of mass bee deaths. Research has shown that a number of insecticides should have been banned long ago. For years, the Bayer Group has sought to silence the critics and pressure scientists into not publishing their findings. For more than two decades, experts have been warning of the negative effects of neonicotinoids, with a whole range of studies published on the subject. It would appear that the industry, aided by the authorities, managed to successfully delay any ban on these substances for years. Studies show that neonicotinoids not only kill pests, but also bees and other beneficial insects. Dutch toxicologist Henk Tennekes was among the first to recognize the problem. He believes neonicotinoids are the most toxic insecticides ever produced. He discovered a study carried out by Bayer itself, back in 1991, which found that a particular neonicotinoid had a negative effect on the nervous system of a fly species. These effects were said to be “irreversible”. Tennekes then confronted the company with his findings. He was taken aback by the response: “Bayer now claims” he says, “that the binding of critical receptors in the nervous system by neonicotinoids is reversible. So they’re contradicting the results of their own study. … If they had considered what impact this substance has, they would have had to take it off the market.” Scientists in France also analyzed mass bee deaths and likewise identified an insecticide made by Bayer as the culprit. Toxicologist Jean-Marc Bonmatin reveals how the company then sought to prevent the results from being published. Meanwhile, toxicologists in Japan discovered that neonicotinoids also harm other creatures, such as fish and river crabs. There too, Bayer sought to suppress publication. ——————————————————————- DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary.

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How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Off 96% of All Toxic Pesticides from Your Fruits and Vegetables

The Organic Wellness
20 December 2017
Anya Vien

Baking soda is a magical product with so many practical uses, such as curing heartburn, cleaning white clothes, and now, new research has found that this wonder ingredient can remove up to 96% of pesticides from fruit and vegetables.

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts has conducted a study on gala apples to determine baking soda’s efficacy in cleaning the fruits.

During  the research team has applied two most common pesticides thiabendazole and phosmet to organic gala apples. Thiabendazole is a fungicide that has been previously noted for its capacity to penetrate apple peels. Phosmet is a popular insecticide, the experts say. The scientists have then washed the contaminated apples with three different liquids, which include: tap water, a one percent baking soda/water solution, and a commercial bleach solution approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The commercial bleaching solution is the most commonly used liquid in cleaning produce.

The results have revealed that submerging apples in a baking soda solution for two minutes removed more pesticides than a two-minute soak in the bleach solution, or two minutes of rinsing in running tap water. But it took 12 to 15 minutes in the baking soda solution to completely get rid of the pesticides used in this study

How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Produce

Baking soda can be used to scrub pesticide residue from hard-skinned vegetables and fruits. Because baking soda is an alkaline salt, it makes an eco-friendly and effective produce wash.

To use it, simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of water when soaking your fruits and vegetables, which should be done a few good minutes before rinsing them with fresh cold water. Or, shake some baking soda on produce and scrub away with a produce brush. By the way, this method is especially great for things like musk melons, because their rinds have all kinds of nooks and crannies that love to trap microbes and dirt.

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Aerial glyphosate spraying threatens organic gardens built by awarding-winning environmentalists

Date: 21 June 2016
Author: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) As technology advances big agriculture is discovering new and inventive ways to poison the remaining organic food on the planet, as evidenced by what is currently taking place Down Under.

As reported by WAToday, some South West farmers are drawing attention to what they see as a danger to their ability to make a living after state government officials launched an aerial pesticide spraying program near their organic farming operation. Continue reading Aerial glyphosate spraying threatens organic gardens built by awarding-winning environmentalists

Rainbow Doritos the latest absurd example of corporate #gaywashing… Frito-Lay trying to feed obese lesbians GMO snack chips laced with MSG and artificial colors

Source: Natural News
Date: September 18, 2015
Author: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Corporate #gaywashing is becoming so absurd and insulting to the LGBT community that it deserves serious comment. Frito-Lay has just introduced “Rainbow Doritos” which pander to gays and lesbians, insulting their intelligence by hoping they will blindly eat genetically modified corn chips laced with MSG and chemical colors just because it’s all packaged under the “rainbow banner.”

This is corporate #gaywashing at its worst… a demeaning attempt to invoke an almost dog-like Pavlovian consumer response through the use of rainbow colors that aren’t even real food in the first place (they’re faked with petrochemical-derived coloring agents). Continue reading Rainbow Doritos the latest absurd example of corporate #gaywashing… Frito-Lay trying to feed obese lesbians GMO snack chips laced with MSG and artificial colors

Stinging rebuke: Court rules against EPA’s lax approval of Dow’s bee-poisonous pesticide

Source:RT
Date: 11 September 2015

A federal appeals court in the US has rejected a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to approve an insecticide harmful to honeybees without proper verification of the chemical’s effects.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) improperly approved and registered the pesticide sulfoxaflor, made by Dow AgroSciences, in violation of the agency’s regulatory protocol.

Environmentalists and representatives of the honey and beekeeping industries said sulfoxalfor is a type of insecticide chemical known as a neonicotinoid that is associated with mass death among bee populations worldwide.

The court agreed with sulfoxaflor’s neonicotinoid status in its ruling, finding that the EPA based its regulatory decision on “flawed and limited data,” and that sulfoxaflor approval was not based around “substantial evidence.” Continue reading Stinging rebuke: Court rules against EPA’s lax approval of Dow’s bee-poisonous pesticide

Bee-Killing Neonics Found in 50% of Rivers and Streams Sampled in Study

Source:Natural Society
Date: 6 September 2015
Author: Christina Sarich

As communities ban the chemicals

The Midwestern United States first saw a burgeoning problem with super weeds, caused by GMOs. Now in a study conducted by researchers from the United States Geological Survey who collected samples from 9 sites in Nebraska and Iowa, it was found that neonicotinoids, otherwise known as bee-killing pesticides, were present in varying amounts in every single river and stream.

Although the levels of neonicotinoids varied depending on the sample site, many of the sites tested contained the pesticides in levels that are considered harmful.

The growing threat of neonicotinoids has not escaped public scrutiny, and though this was not a study to prove toxicity, the presence of neonics almost everywhere in the US is now undeniable. Continue reading Bee-Killing Neonics Found in 50% of Rivers and Streams Sampled in Study

Biotech Found to Use GM-Contaminated Rat Feed in Fraudulent Studies

Source:Natural Society
Date:3 September 2015
Author: Christina Sarich

On both test AND control groups

Researchers have found that in some biotech study cases meant to measure the safety of Round Up crops, the rat feed given to rats in both the control group AND the testing group was contaminated with the same GMOs and pesticides (and heavy metals). In other words, laboratory rodent feeds are highly contaminated with pesticides, toxic metals, PCBs, and GMOs. Continue reading Biotech Found to Use GM-Contaminated Rat Feed in Fraudulent Studies