Have you ever grown vegetables in an outside vertical garden and found them disappearing before you even had a chance to enjoy them? Chances are, you’ve got some bug friends munching on your hard-grown veggies. But don’t worry, there are several ways you can prevent bugs from eating your vegetables.
First, let’s take a look at why bugs are attracted to your vertical garden in the first place. Bugs are attracted to your garden because they are looking for food and shelter. If you have a lot of flowers, herbs, or vegetables growing close together, you’re creating a perfect environment for bugs to thrive.
Now that we understand why bugs are attracted to your garden, let’s talk about how to prevent them from eating your veggies.
Keep your garden clean
One of the best ways to prevent bugs from eating your vegetables is to keep your garden clean. This means removing any dead plants, leaves, or debris that can attract bugs. Keep your garden well-maintained and free of debris to reduce the amount of bugs that are attracted to it.
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Use companion planting
Companion planting is a great way to prevent bugs from eating your vegetables. By planting flowers, herbs, and other plants alongside your vegetables, you can create an environment that is less attractive to bugs. For example, marigolds and basil are known to repel pests like aphids, while chives and garlic can help keep away Japanese beetles.
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Use natural bug repellents
There are several natural bug repellents that you can use to keep bugs from eating your vegetables. Garlic, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper are all natural bug repellents that can be sprinkled around your garden to keep bugs away. You can also make a spray by mixing equal parts water and vinegar, and adding a few drops of dish soap. Spray this mixture on your plants to keep bugs from munching on them.
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Encourage beneficial insect
Encouraging beneficial insects in your garden can also help prevent bugs from eating your vegetables. Beneficial insects like ladybugs, lacewings, and praying mantises eat the pests that would otherwise be eating your vegetables. To encourage these beneficial insects, you can plant flowers like dill, fennel, and yarrow in your garden.
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Use physical barriers
Finally, you can use physical barriers like netting or row covers to keep bugs from eating your vegetables. These barriers prevent bugs from getting to your plants, while still allowing light and water to reach the plants.
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Preventing bugs from eating your vegetables in an outside vertical garden is not as difficult as you may think. By keeping your garden clean, using companion planting, natural bug repellents, encouraging beneficial insects, and using physical barriers, you can protect your veggies from those pesky bugs.
I hope these tips help you enjoy a bountiful harvest in your vertical garden. Happy gardening!