10 Organic Ways to Control Pests in the Garden

10 Organic Ways to Control Pests in the Garden

In this video, I show you my 10 top organic ways to get rid of pests in your garden. There’s no need for harsh pesticides or chemicals just these simple tips to grow lots of fruit and vegetables!

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  1. Airini Piwari on October 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks 😊

  2. Constance Schlosser on October 29, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks so much for giving me another focus other than politics.

  3. Fungus V3 on October 29, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    yes i keep my garden clear of pest by getting a Conservative member of parliament (UK) , (also known as a Tory). Putting said Tory in some stocks (like head hands throw stuff at it), and finding out the rough end of a pineapple, no i am not throwing at the face end. ( The Tory will be into this as for them, it’s very sexual). All flies pest animals were on it, my food kept nice tho. This is a satire

  4. allies Team C on October 29, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    How about from rats?

  5. Joan Green on October 29, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Placing sticks around the plant

  6. Dawn's Star on October 29, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Idk if I’d be good at keeping chickens for bug control, however, I don’t bother wasps’ nests, or spider webs, providing they are not right in front of my paths…… and I just love my lizards. The birds here will dig around for bugs more than they are interested in the garden. Wasps will not bother you if you don’t bother them. They prey on spiders, caterpillars, beetles, crickets, and aphids.

  7. I've been redeemed! on October 29, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Black aphids I think are on my big leafy vegetables just after some heavy rain. Wondering which of these suggestions would work best. Also, does it have to be dishwashing soap or would regular Dawn dish soap would work. Been using already mixed Neem spray from Lowes, but so far, no luck

  8. Jp Jacobs on October 29, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I tried your organic spray and All the leaves blackened, fell off… all of my salvias I’ve been growing and paid for… well teaches me to do my own research now doesn’t it

  9. Ron on October 29, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    They said put garden in April 15

  10. I N on October 29, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    omg..i have just discover you! bless you for all the tip and profound knowledge!

  11. A D on October 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I was wondering what happened to Russel Crowe.

  12. sue zaple on October 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Id like to know a natural way to get rid of the worm’ which is attacking my tomatoes on tomato plants ? also bugs which are attacking my water melons and squash any suggestions . sure hope so i need all the help i can get. the squash and watermelon leaves are yellow or have holes in the leaves . I sure would love to have a self sustainable veggie garden with no pest. i dont want to use chemicals i have a pond . Thank Ontario

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  14. DJ DJ on October 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Insects do not like cayenne pepper. If you sprinkle it around, they avoid it. I always sprinkle some around my doors outside to keep tiny ants out of the house. Rain can wash it away though, so heads up that you can sprinkle it periodically, or do it at beginning of a dryer spell

  15. Chris Springer on October 29, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Any advice on caterpillars eating all of my kale? I thought of BT. Tried netting but the moths got underneath the net..

  16. Marques Smith on October 29, 2022 at 8:56 pm

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  17. Ron Weldon on October 29, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    All great points. Thanks for the info

  18. The Wind It Howls on October 29, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks again very helpful as always 😊

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  20. Khalida Makin on October 29, 2022 at 9:01 pm


  21. John TC on October 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I want plant avacodo tree in the galvanize steel round 4ft diameter and 12 inch height. Should I use native soil (clay)? Instead of potting mix. Since there no bottom.

  22. Katarina on October 29, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks so much for very inspiring videos, your knowledge holistic approach and friendly way is much appreciated !I have applied some of your knowledge in my very simple small garden however I’m sharing your videos with friends living in harsh outback of Kenya , they are in great need of knowledge and support . With best wishes from Sweden .

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  24. Search4TruthReality on October 29, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    6:59 – HA HA HA! Bravo! – for taking the time to cammo-up…awesome!
    8:22 – regarding birds / natural habitat. We live in a suburban area (Southern California, with a Home Owner’s Association), so keeping chickens isn’t permitted…but…nature provides a solutions! We’ve installed several Birdies beds and use PVC pipe to support exclusion covers, as needed. When we removed the covers – to allow-in the bees, or for storage at the end of the season, we’ve had crows picking through the soil for grubs and and Red Tail Hawks, as well . . . who needs chickens, with nature stepping in? πŸ˜‰ Yea, seeing hawks up close is cool!
    8:50 – herbs and companion planting, I think you’re safe keeping arromatics around the garden, wouldn’t be overly focused on companion planting. Generally speaking, aeromatics serve to confuse pest-insects. If using mint, and you don’t want it taking over your entire garden, keep it several pots and position them where needed.

  25. Prickles with pineapples on October 29, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I used organic soil in pots for my apartments and gnats are going crazy. How do I control this as it’s driving me nuts

  26. The Fish Fin-atic on October 29, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Diatomaceous earth works for slugs and snails, just apply thickly in a ring around the plants, or use it in a duster to coat aphids and caterpillars. It saved my cabbages from earwigs 2 years ago when the earwigs were thick. DIdn’t work at all on colorado potato beetles though.

  27. Ron on October 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Organic gardening- Emmaus pa rodale publishing

  28. Nazaria Torres on October 29, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Em portuguΓͺs pode ser

  29. katrina owens on October 29, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Eco oil is another great organically certified pest repellent. I’ve also found beer fruit fly traps to be highly effective placed at the base of my peach and mulberry trees are working really well. It’s so much fun to be able to constantly try new things. Oh here in central Queensland we have a bower bird who apparently likes birds eye chilli’s. We have used an old wine cask inner which has worked a treat and we now get a crop instead of him eating them all

  30. allies Team C on October 29, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  31. Jamie Scholl on October 29, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Queensland fruit fly destroyed my capsicum crop :((

  32. Carmen Rudi on October 29, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    πŸ‘‹ hi there, Carmen from Melbourne here, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
    I have a question πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ, how do I get rid of arlequΓ­n bugs 🐞, they eat the flowers of the blood orange and grapefruit and then no fruit is formed, thanks πŸ™

  33. Dawn Coombs on October 29, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Very interesting what a lovely knowledge way too

  34. Chant on October 29, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Why don’t you use Planter Wall Block to build your own garden bed?

  35. LIFE OF INTENTION on October 29, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Very thorough and as always nicely presented! Thanks! May I ask, seeing down south… Re fruit fly and tomatoes… just wondering if you use exclusion nets, what will continue to fertilize the new flowers with the tomatoes? Ants / etc? Can you include specialist fertilizers for these crops if in a larger exclusion net? Any thoughts?

  36. Irene B on October 29, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I often see plants I’d like to get for mysef in YouTube videos but am left wondering what they are, so thank you very much for throwing in the plant names for us … much appreciated!

  37. Paul Redinger on October 29, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Well mark, you liar!!!! I got a few chickens and the pest (my wife) is still here! πŸ˜‚ Just kidding love what you do brother!

  38. michel plamondon on October 29, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    11: use a solution of black soap against bugs 12: use a rhubarb tea for the same reasons. 13: leave an exclusion zone where everything is wild growing so that good and bad bugs alike do not adapt to any pesticide organic or not so they can mate with bugs that may have become resistant to a pesticide. when they reproduce between themselves the next generation will have no pesticide resistance.

  39. afa78djd on October 29, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I really like #7 and how you explain nature has its own way to keep thinned in check. Too many of one species will always attract too much of one specialized predator towards them and may even cause their extinction.

  40. Hatef Khaledi on October 29, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I hate this guy

  41. Fresno tropical gardener on October 29, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I have had such a terrible time with scale/mealy bugs this year. They seem to be really attracted to the ground cherries I’ve planted but now they’ve spread to other areas of the garden as well, I’ve tried spraying with sevin as well as another product but both have merely slowed them down. I finally just started tearing out the ground cherry plants today and giving them to the chickens

  42. Caldaque on October 29, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    It kinda falls into the same category as the dog. But having a barn cat that roams around the garden and orchard will help keep damage from mice and rats down as well as deter some of the smaller birds that go after berries.

  43. Ron on October 29, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Weed puts you in touch with pushers leaches. Before I quit 52 years ago usually black pusher would leave

  44. Ron on October 29, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Clove oil

  45. Cassandra Stillman on October 29, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    probably well-known. but you can plant garlic around food crops to thwart insects. dont work if its out of season since you can use the tiny bulbs by steeping them in water and spraying your plants directly with it.

  46. Alina Nelson on October 29, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I love your videos. They inspire me. Thank you

  47. B.C splat briancross on October 29, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Will playing a Bluetooth speaker in my scarecrow help the noise I mean

  48. Danny Gooyer on October 29, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I m actually happy to see a walking fox here in Holland

  49. EBJ drawings and games + more on October 29, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    How do you keep aphids away from your plants?

  50. Cancer Silent Killer on October 29, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Wow valuable vid thanks 🀩

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