There are several organic solutions to keep bugs away from your plants. / Plush Studios / Getty Images/Blend Images
The bounty of summer may be gone, but aphids, beetles, worms and other pests are still searching for a yummy dinner — in your garden. Here are organic solutions for banishing bugs:
Make a barrier. “Whether it’s deer or aphids, the first strategy is to prevent them from reaching your plants in the first place,” says Guinevere Higgins of Blue Ridge Backyard Harvest in Charlottesville, Va. Fences ban deer, and fabric row covers keep off worms and bugs.
Remove debris. Clearing away dead plants “takes away winter shelter for pests,” says Don Weber of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. “Remove mulch too, and think about a winter cover crop, rye or winter wheat.”
Use your hands.“Many worms are easily picked off — they’re big and they’re slow,” Higgins says.
Attract natural predators. Some flowers draw “good” insects, says Weber. The syrphid fly, whose offspring eat aphids, likes aster and goldenrod.