Growing your own food is incredibly fulfilling and amazing for you both physically and mentally… But it can also be quite challenging at times. 

One of the biggest challenges that gardeners and growers face is pest control. Pests like aphids, caterpillars, and slugs can quickly damage your plants and ruin all your hard work. 

Fortunately, there are natural methods you can use to keep pests at bay and keep your garden healthy and thriving. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most effective natural pest control methods for new growers.

Companion Planting

Companion planting is the practice of planting certain plants together to create a mutually beneficial relationship.

For example, marigolds are a natural pest repellent, so planting them alongside your vegetables can help keep pests away.

Similarly, planting herbs like mint, rosemary, and basil can repel insects like aphids and caterpillars.

By planting strategically, you can create a natural pest control system that keeps your garden healthy.

Homemade Insecticides

Homemade insecticides are a safe and effective way to control pests in your garden.

One popular recipe involves mixing 1 tablespoon of organic dish soap with 1 quart of water. Spray this solution directly onto your plants to kill off aphids, mites, and other insects.

You can also make a garlic spray by blending garlic cloves with water and straining the mixture before spraying it onto your plants.

These homemade insecticides are non-toxic and won’t harm your plants, making them an excellent choice for new growers.


Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. Handpicking pests like caterpillars and slugs can be an effective way to control their population.

Walk through your garden regularly and look for signs of damage. If you see any pests, simply pick them off and dispose of them.

It may take some time and effort, but handpicking is a natural and effective way to keep your garden pest-free.

Beneficial Insects

Not all insects are pests. In fact, most insects can actually help control pests in your garden.

Ladybugs, for example, are natural predators of aphids and can help keep their population under control. You can attract beneficial insects to your garden by planting flowers like marigolds, daisies, and yarrow.

These flowers provide nectar and pollen for beneficial insects, helping to keep your garden healthy and thriving.


There are a number of different types of horticultural netting that you can use to protect your plants from certain pests.

Different pests and insects are obviously different sizes and so selecting horticultural netting with the right sized holes is important. 

You can then lay the netting over hoops that cover your growing space and weigh it down with sandbags, bricks or anything to weigh it down.

In conclusion, natural pest control is essential for keeping your garden healthy and thriving. By using these methods, you can keep pests at bay without resorting to harmful chemicals.

As a new grower, it may take some trial and error to find the right balance of natural pest control methods for your garden. But with patience and persistence, you can create a natural pest control system that works for you and your plants.

Happy Growing!

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