Quantcast

Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
The Green Life: The Gentle Gardener: Organic Pest Control

« Profile: Gentle Gardener George Gibbs | Main | The Gentle Gardener: Furry and Feathered Pests »

February 05, 2013

The Gentle Gardener: Organic Pest Control

SlugFor professional gardener George Gibbs, organic gardening is a practical application of his general philosophy of treading softly. Gibbs eschews pesticides, herbicides, and killing creatures, in general. For him, human prosperity isn't separate from protecting the planet and its other inhabitants.

This week on the Green Life, we're asking Gibbs to share a few practical tips for organic gardeners.

Tip #1: Relocate and redirect pests.

If a snail or a slug is munching on one of your plants, pick it up and put it in your compost bin. According to Gibbs, whatever they eat, “they excrete compost for you. It makes sense: Put them to work for you.”

If even gloves can’t make plucking up mollusks palatable, construct a barrier. Rimming planters and beds with copper foil deters slugs, but only if the foil gets enough sunlight. Warm foil turns slugs away; otherwise, they’ll just scoot over your miniature blockade.

Whatever you do, Gibbs advises against “non-toxic” pesticides like Sluggo, which essentially makes slugs permanently lose their appetite.

For plant pests, recycle. Pile several layers of cardboard and compost to suffocate weeds. 


Tip #2: Coming Soon. Check the Green Life tomorrow to learn how to deter your garden's furry guests.

 

HS_Mackenzie_BLOG Mackenzie Mount is an editorial intern at Sierra. She's cleaned toilets at Yellowstone National Park and studied sustainable cooking at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas.

 

READ MORE: 

Other household items that deter pests

Our own Mr. Green talks edible landscaping, the perils of lawns

Mr. Green's Advice on Composting Paper

- image by istockphoto/chris2766

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b96069e2017c368015d1970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Gentle Gardener: Organic Pest Control:

User comments or postings reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Sierra Club accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Up to Top


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...