Biologicals in edible gardens
EPISODE 1 – Bio-pesticides are not a ‘soft option’
One of the key benefits of ‘growing your own’ is being in complete control of the inputs added to your crop. We are constantly reminded that ‘you are what you eat’ and harvests simply taste so much better when you have the peace of mind that they are toxin-free and packed with all the goodness you provided.
This is what makes ‘biologicals’ so exciting!
Biologicals offer non-chemical, natural pest control solutions. They preserve the natural garden eco-system, are environmentally friendly, residue-free, safe and effective.
Biological products contain the naturally-occurring enemies of crop pests and diseases, as well as living organisms that facilitate improved root growth and nutrient uptake. These organisms may be fungi, bacteria or viruses, in environmentally friendly and easy-to-use formulations.
A range of biological pest control products is finally available on local retailer shelves. Keep an eye out the new EcoBuz brand and the 4 x biological products launched in spring 2019. This exciting, new development introduces safe, effective pest control solutions that do not compromise the health of beneficial insects, birds, pets, people and more importantly, our soils and the environment.
Bio-pesticides are not a ‘soft option’ – in fact, they can be rather gruesome… offering highly effective pest management solutions.
Three reasons why this is significant for edible gardeners
- Safe, effective, chemical-free pest control solutions.
Due to their natural presence and relative host specificity, they are safe for the environment, non-toxic to non-target organisms like bees, beneficial insects, pets and most importantly, children
- No residuals.
This is of considerable significance with all edible yields as it means applications can be applied right up to harvest. Each product is unique, so always check the packaging and insert for specific details.
- Biological product ‘mode of action’ is unique in comparison to chemical counterparts.
This makes them ideal for use in rotation with synthetic chemistry to prevent and manage pest resistance – a process whereby frequent and repeated use of the same chemistry results in a pest organism no longer being susceptible to its effect.