Protecting Your Garden From Pests and Other Dangers

gardenprotection3What good is a well-manicured garden if it is susceptible to pests and diseases that harm plants and the soil? Sometimes, garden protection is the one little detail that most newbie gardeners forget to put focus on. Yet it is the one major element that, if taken for granted, can wreak havoc on your beautiful garden, giving you constant headaches, and the pain of doing everything all over again.

Admittedly, no garden is totally free from pests and diseases. Predators like dogs, beetles, deer, caterpillar and the pesky fungal infection can create huge long-term problems.

Here are some natural ways to protect your flower and vegetable garden from pests and diseases.


Choose plants wisely

gardenprotection1One of the most crucial steps a gardener can take to prevent from all sorts of diseases to proliferate in a garden is to pick disease-resistant plant varieties. Taking time to do some research on various plant varieties to know if they are disease-resistant or not goes a long way in protecting your garden right from the start. It is also a good idea to consult with reliable nursery and garden staff to get the latest info on plant diseases, especially fungal infections. The key to fighting against diseases is prevention, so do your research and plant wisely.

Build Physical Barriers

An effective deterrent to unwanted visitors infiltrating your garden are gates and fences built to repel predators of any size. Row covers, similar to the kind used in commercial nurseries, can be used to protect tender plants from strong rain, light frosts, as well as the wayward insect, caterpillar, birds and small rodents. You can also put mesh netting over shrubs and fruit trees to protect from bees, birds and bats.


These are just a few tips that you can start with in designing a well-protected garden. Remember that not all gardens are the same, so you need to find the method and system that forms the best defense against pests and disease. The best part is that there many solutions you can try out and pick the best one. Most of all, a gardener needs to be always vigilant and prepared. Prevention is key, so setting up defenses is much better than reacting to problems that have already happened

Above all else, enjoy your garden! Cheers!


Getting into organic gardening

organic-1 Growing and maintaining a healthy organic garden doesn’t seem to be as difficult as one would think. In the beginning, many horticulturists and growers were hesitant to change their ways and just stick to the conventional methods of gardening that produce quick results using manufactured seeds, artificial insecticides and growers, and chemically-supported processes. But these days, there are arguable a lot more gardeners keen on growing their own plants, flowers, and fruits organically and naturally.

You might ask what the different between organic gardening and regular gardening. The term “organic” used to sound so alien when it first burst into the scene, largely by more “bohemian” and “esoteric” growers and agriculturists, more commonly termed health nuts or hippies. But the scientific community questioned the term “organic” and claimed it lacked a certain empirical basis, thus relegated to the status of a “fad” or “trend”.

But after a certain time, everyone eventually wanted to have plants, trees, and most especially, their food to be more safe and healthy, and sustainably grown, harvested and maintained. Thus, organic farming grew in practice, and by association, so did organic horticulture.

The main organic_02aim of organic horticulture is to grow fruits, flowers, ornamental plants and vegetables of any kind without using chemicals and synthetic additives that may harm the environment. This means using natural fertilizers and minerals, and giving back to nature what one takes away, thus promoting a healthy balance for the environment.

Organic horticulture continues to be developed and promoted by various organizations and gardening communities in different parts of the world. They exchange ideas and processes to help promote the practice, as well as discover better ways of sustaining natural processes. Most organic gardeners follow the principles of soil building and conservation, pest management and heirloom variety preservation.


It’s a challenging method of tending your garden but once you get the hang of it and start to understand the differences between the plant families and how each respond to a particular form of natural fertilizer or soil preparation, the easier it will be for you in the long run. It’ll help you as you propagate seeds, plant them, and care for them for the long term. Over time, it will equip you with the knowledge of nutrient cycling strategies, how best to prepare them for the natural seasons, a more efficient and natural garden design

There are a lot of online guides and video tutorials on how to get started with organic farming or gardening. For best results, it would be advisable to get in touch with the nearest organization that promotes organic gardening in your particular area. Pretty soon, your garden will be lush and healthy and you will have peace of mind knowing that healthy soil means healthy produce and thus, healthy people.