15 Jun '12, 3pm

Organic Gardening: Ditch Pesticides for Good

Sure, you want to ditch the pesticides and grow healthy, organic produce in your home garden . But when bugs and other critters start taking over, it’s tough not to reach for the spray bottle to keep them at bay. Resist the urge, and utilize one of the many all-natural methods for deterring garden pests. For the inside scoop, Earth911 sat down with organic gardening expert Barbara Pleasant to chat about pesticide-free ways to keep harmful insects and other unwanted critters out of your garden. From crop rotation to herb planting, here are seven back-to-basics tips that you just have to try. Tip #1: Keep a balance between vegetables, flowers and herbs to attract beneficial critters to your garden. Photo: Adrianna Craff, Earth911 1. Plant more than just veggies Let’s begin by saying that not all garden critters are bad. Common garden-lovers like bees, wasps, birds, frogs, bu...

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