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#TuesdayTips, 4 Ways to Keep your Garden Insect Free WITHOUT Chemicals

Updated: May 20, 2022

We put a lot of hard work and time in our gardens, flowerbeds, and houseplants. But no matter how decorative, designer, or simply just functional our plant spaces may be, insects raid them all the same, often destroying in days what took us months of preparation and work to grow. Here are some natural, nonchemical remedies that receive two green thumbs up.

1) Beer Not sure if they have a preferred brand as most humans do, but slugs love beer. Pouring a can of beer into a flat saucer and leaving it out by your flower bed or garden will attract and drown most of the slimy culprits attacking your plants.

2) Garlic This one is simple and best for smaller areas, such as houseplants. Stick a clove of garlic into the soil to deter unwanted bugs. I guess nothing wants garlic breath.

3) Cayenne Pepper This works for not only invading bugs but also for digging dogs and prowling cats. Sprinkle a light dusting of cayenne pepper across the surface of your flower bed. This may need to be done routinely, every other watering cycle, as it easily washes away.

4) EggShells If your problems lie on the surface of your bed, caterpillars, snails, slugs, etc., then crushing eggshells and putting them around the base of your plants will serve as a good line of defense. The sharp edges of the shells will cut their soft underbellies, deterring them away from your plants.

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