Gardening Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Herbs And Fruit

How to prevent loss of produce - Managing Plant Risks

How to prevent loss of produce - Managing Plant Risks

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In addition to paying heed to the advice and strategies discussed in the previous section, a few dangers and risk will haunt your produce. This section will address those dangers and provide you with effective tips on how to reduce and manage them effectively.

Many factors affect the well-being of your produce and pose threats to them. Here are some of the dangers that inflict various risks and problems on your crops.

Animals

Large animals such as deer, rabbits, mole, and mice pose a lot of threat to your garden. Mice are generally not a big problem, but some regions house a lot of field mice and pine mice that can be extremely destructive to your plants. These animals devour lilies, carrots, rose, and tulips, and can destroy your plants to their very core.

Moles are a big problem for crops because they eat the roots along with the worms that decompose the various materials that form organic matter and enrich the soil. Deer present problems in regions close to forests. Rabbits are an issue because they love burrowing underground and destroy the roots of your plants.

Birds

Birds, especially crows are notorious for destroying crops. They love hovering over crops and nibble at the freshly grown crops whenever they get a chance.

Garden Pests

Garden pests such as tomato hornworm, grasshopper, codling moth, parasitic wasp, lady beetle, aphid, whitefly, cucumber beetle, peach tree borer, Colorado potato beetle, cutworm, squash vine borer, root maggot and tarnished plant bug are some of the pests that can be notorious for chewing on plants’ leaves and destroying all your efforts.

Weeds

Weeds are one of the biggest threats to the well-being of your plants. Weeds are of various types but the one thing they do best is to damage plants as well as extract all the minerals from the soil to prevent plants from flourishing (they compete with the plants for nutrients).

Yes, these dangers can become quite annoying and can adversely affect all the hard work and financial investment you have put in your garden. However, you need not worry much as there are ways to combat them effectively.

Managing Plant Risks and Dangers

Here are helpful strategies that will help you manage and eliminate all the dangers successfully.

Animals

The best way to get rid of unwanted animals from your garden is to trap them using various animal traps and then leave them out in the open. Make sure not to use poison to get rid of these animals because it is against animal laws; plus, those harmful chemicals will adversely affect your produce too. You should also encourage housing toads, frogs, and hedgehogs in your garden because these animals love feeding on garden pests, which can in turn help keep your garden clean of those unwanted creatures.

Birds

Scarecrows work best to get rid of birds. Electric scarecrows are more effective than the regular ones fashioned out of hay because the electric ones come with flashing lights, waving arms and loud sirens that effectively scare the birds causing them to vacate your garden. However, if this method does not work for you, opt for shade growing or indoor plants and cultivate them indoors.

Weeds

The best way to get rid of weeds is hoeing. We have already discussed hoeing; practice it regularly to keep your garden free of annoying weeds.

Pests

To eliminate undesirable pests from your garden, regularly monitor the growth of your plants and spend about 20 minutes thrice a day in your garden at different times. This will help you find out which pests attack your produce at what time, which will help you immediately kick out such pests from your garden.

As soon as you spot a dead animal in your garden, instantly place it in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash can. If you find aphids in your garden, throw them away and then rub the stem of the infected plants with your hand. This helps the stem get relief from the attack. However, if the infection is dire, use suitable insecticides and maybe cut out the infected crop so it does not infect the others.

Make sure all your green plants get sufficient sunlight because keeping them in too much shade makes them more susceptible to pests. Additionally, grow similar crops together because doing so strengthens them and camouflages the crops, thus keeping pests away.

Start exercising these tips and tricks and soon, you will not be facing the aforementioned dangers and threats.