Pest and Disease Control the Sustainable
In This Chapter
- Understanding pest management basics ^ Controlling insect pests ^ Keeping animals in check ^ Dealing with diseases
- M sustainable garden starts with good design, including plants that are well adapted to your conditions and inherently resistant to pests and diseases. A sustainable garden also includes healthy soil teeming with good microorganisms that help fight bad things. But plants do get stuff, and when they get stuff, you have to deal with it. Pests and diseases don't run rampant through a healthy ecosystem; they're signs of out-of-balance conditions. Correct those conditions and the problems probably will go away.
Animals, however, will run rampant through most any ecosystem. They can be infuriating to deal with, yet some animals are welcome in the sustainable garden. In fact, most animals are a mix of good and bad. For instance, moles eat troublesome soil-dwelling pests but also damage lawns with their mounds. And of course native animals have a right to coexist with us. There are ways to live with the animals rather than exterminate them. This chapter tells you how to manage pests, diseases, and animals the sustainable way.
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Gardening is also a great way to provide healthy food for you and your loved ones. When you buy produce from the store, it just isnt the same as presenting a salad to your family that came exclusively from your garden worked by your own two hands.
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