Insect pests can do a lot of damage to that vegetable garden you worked so hard on, but since this is food that you eat, you should try to control them naturally. One thing you can do is plant items that encourage beneficial insects. There are other plants that emit odors that are unpleasant to pests, like catnip, basil, mint and chives. Spraying your veggies with bio-degradable soap and warm water is another natural way to keep pests at bay. Water that was used to boil plants like ginger, garlic, horseradish and cayenne is another good all-natural solution to spray. In the end, you don't want to put anything on your veggies that you wouldn't want to put into your body.
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