Prevention - Monitoring - Treatment
Since our United Arab Emirates summer is now behind us, life doesn't get any easier for gardeners and farmers alike. This is what gave me the idea to write this article or more likely, this series of articles. There are many pests susceptible to infest our greens and flowers.
Let me know if you enjoy the read and share with us if you use different methodology.
If gardening is supposed to be a relaxing, meditating and enjoyable moment of your day, when the temperatures change and the humidity rises, it often becomes a living hell. This is why with this article, I hope to shed the light on some of the pest management practices that are sustainable and preserve the soil food web. Would you be a traditional gardener, a hydroponics or even an aquaponics gardener, all your lovely veggies and herbs deserve the best nature can buy.
So without any overdue, let's dig in.
'Before planting season I would recommend to do a thorough research of the crops you are intending to plant and grow. Each and everyone has it's own predator and/or disease. By doing this planning ahead, you can already tell who are the invaders that are going to colonize your crops.
There are various sustainable, natural and organic ways to rid of pests. The most efficient are: beneficial predators and exclusionary methods by using screens, greenhouse.
Just after planting your first seeds, it would be a good idea to use one of these yellow pest traps. These will help you enormously to see the faces of the culprits and by doing so, put a name on them. If pests are already in your garden as you are only at the seedling stage it will help you in acting ahead of the infestation. The second mouse gets the cheese but the first bird gets the worm ;)
Get yourself a magnifying glass to identify the pests you find on the sticky traps and other fly traps. Even a good idea to start looking on the leaves of your seedlings. The earlier you catch the bugs the best chance you've got to get rid of them without them causing too much harm to your little production.
It is not ''if'' but "when" you will get the pest attracted to your precious crops, keep treating until they are not to be seen anymore. It is a tedious task but well worth all the effort and time you put in your green patch. By the way, this works for veggie gardeners but it also applies to ornamental hobbyists.
If you wait too long, it will be very difficult if not impossible to eradicate the problem
So, let see who is coming for dinner...
Ladybugs will need access to pollen in their adult stage. If you have some blooming plants in your garden you will find that you will have a better chance of having the ladybugs stay around. Their favorite flowers are: fennel, dill, cilantro, caraway, angelica, tansy, wild carrot, yarrow, cosmos, scented geraniums, sunflowers.
How to recognize the Aphids infestation?
That is it for this week. I really enjoyed doing the research and writing this blog post for you. Do not hesitate to comment and share with the community if you have other ideas/treatment/control against the infamous famous Aphids.
Next week we'll talk about Spider mites.
I am a French expat, married, dad of one, nature lover and firm believer of sustainable living. My background is leisure and tourism industry. I fell into aquaponics and now I am sharing with you my adventure.