Enjoy summer days in the garden and take a moment to pause and study at the buzz of insect life and the perpetual movement in your little corner of Paradise. All around, you will see nature at work with its yin and yang relationships: Friend-enemy, attraction-repulsion, collaboration-resistance…. The tactic to drive out cannabis pests and avoid cryptogamic diseases is to make the environment hostile for them, welcome beneficial insects and support plant homeostasis.
Turning Paradise into Cannabis Pest Hell in 4 Steps:
1)Preparation: Preparing unpleasant, sometimes deadly, sprays to make the atmosphere unwelcome and the food harmful to pests is a priority. The use of infusions, macerations, decoctions and liquid manures based on strong odor-flavored ingredients is an effective natural repellent for fliers and pests.
2) Ingredients: For this purpose, garlic bulb, chili pepper, citrus peel, absinth, wild chicory, nettle root, fern fronds, rhubarb, tansy, comfrey, horsetail stems, tomato leaves, cow or sheep milk, brown tobacco, seaweed, crushed insects are available easily obtained natural ingredients. The periodic addition of essential oils such as peppermint, citrus, clove, lavender aspic, geranium rosat, cinnamon, sage and rue officinalis strengthens the ambient hostility.
3) Obstacles: Putting powders on the ground and making a chaotic landscape around plants discourages crawling insects. Diatomaceous earth, coffee grounds, ashes, salt, baking soda, broken egg shells, epsom salts, cornstarch, copper rod can be spread alternately and in moderation. Sticky pastes around the pots and at the feet of the plants are just as much a deterrent too. As a support, bottle traps suspended from trees or placed on the ground with attractive mixtures of sugar, syrup, jam, fruit, yeast, corn flour… capture the intruders.
4) Companion plants: Embellishing your growing space with repellent companion plants increases discomfort and encourages pests to move on further… like to the neighbor’s garden! French marigold, ornamental tobacco, marigold, cosmos, garlic, chives, parsley, coriander, clover, lavender, ginger, flax, mint, thyme, dill, basil, borage, lovage, lemon balm, lemon verbena, petunias, pelargoniums are therefore welcome. Varying the shapes and scents will disturb the senses of the pests.
Cannabis Pests? Call in the Allies!
Providing food and shelter for natural predators and ensuring their permanence in the garden is an excellent way to enhance biological pest control and combat pest dominance.
Hanging small shelters made of trays filled with irregular branches, pieces of clay, twigs, hollow stems, logs with holes, dry wood or simply place small piles on the ground… Birdhouses and hedgehog shelters, hidden in hedges, are also easy and fun to build. Providing a water source to attract bats, dragonflies, toads is also recommended to attract big insect and gastropod eaters.
Offering the auxiliary insects companion plants too – this time attractive ones such as yarrow, edible chrysanthemum, dahlia, oregano, aster, daisy, white mustard can usefully beautify the growing place. Creating a balance between plants, natural predators and pests is the key to a successful and prosperous garden.
Chasing the enemy is easier when it can easily find another target. A piece of fallow garden or an alternative wooden planter, randomly seeded by the wind is a perfect economic-logical diversion where local plants grow in an anarchic way: grasses, nettles, wild carrots, borage, mallow, dandelion, fennel.
Boosting Plant Defenses
A weak or suffering plant is easy prey. Heat, wind and rain create environmental excesses that plants’ metabolism must compensate for. A little boost sometimes helps to support or strengthen their immune system and makes them valiant, especially as nutritional supplements are everywhere in the kitchen and around.
Cooking or soaking water (cold, without salt or vinegar), coffee grounds, tea leaves, banana peels, infusions, teas, decoctions, macerations, liquid manures of endemic plants, manure and dung, aquarium water are substances found around the home which can be put to good effect to improve plant vitality. Use sparingly, and not all the time, but periodically when the plant shows its needs. It is through careful and regular observation that the grower nourishes the future harvest.
And remember that a well-chosen variety is the basis for a bountiful harvest. The saying goes that Indicas are pest resistant, Sativas are mold resistant and Hybrids can combine both. Winning triplet: Spoetnik#1 – Belladonna – Opium.