When you put so much time and effort into your vegie patch, the last thing you want is for pests to be feasting on your vegies before you do. There are plenty of easy ways to protect your home-grown produce from pests and insects.
Mix Up Your Planting
Planting certain kinds of vegies next to each other can be a really effective deterrent. Plants like garlic, onion, marigolds, chives and lavender can repel a lot of pests. Make sure you plant them in or around your vegie patch and most pests will be put off entering.
Cover Your Patch
Fencing is a simple way to keep larger pests out. Timber, chicken wire and bamboo are good materials to use to make a large covering for your patch. Lightweight materials like these are easy to embed deep in the soil to stop burrowing animals from getting in. And if you are growing fruit trees, it's a good idea to drape netting over them to keep the birds out.
Choose Your Poison
If you need to deal with harmful and destructive pests like snails, slugs, caterpillars or fruit flies, there are a wide range of fast acting low toxic insecticides and killers safe for using on your vegetables.
Use Scare Tactics
Most animals are easily scared off by sounds and colours. A good old fashion scarecrow may do the trick, or you could keep them out of your garden with a plastic owl. Some are designed with in-built motion sensors that trigger a loud hooting sound and yellow flashing eyes anytime an animal comes near.
Add Some Mulch
Not all garden pests are insects and animals. Vegies that have to compete with weeds for water and
nutrients can become frail and sick. Mulch is an excellent way to regulate your soil temperature and prevent weeds from taking over. Plus, it can also deter some animals from munching on your vegies.