Organic Pest Control in the Vegetable Garden

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest control philosophy that says that we should use all tactics available to us saving pesticides as a last resort. Hand pulling of weeds, planting disease resistant plant varieties, proper planting, reasonable mowing heights, and keeping plants healthy through nutrition are all ways to prevent or solve pest problems without using chemicals. If we must use pesticides, let’s reserve them as a last resort.

While mechanical and cultural pest control methods are the first step in an Integrated Pest Control Program, sometimes pesticides are necessary. If you need a pesticide, choose one that is less toxic. Here is a great list of Less Toxic Insecticides from Clemson University.