Gardening is Biology – Not Chemistry
Episode 3 – Biological control stands its ground
BIOPESTICIDES ARE NOT A ‘SOFT OPTION’.
Biopesticides offer highly effective pest management 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. In addition, most bio-pesticides are residue-free and can be applied to edible crops right up to harvest.
They also act in a way that is unique when compared to their chemical counterparts. This makes them ideal for use in rotation with synthetic chemistry to prevent and manage pest resistance – a process whereby frequent use of the same chemistry results in a pest organism no longer being susceptible to its effect.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FOR GARDENERS?
Quite simply – safe, effective, chemical-free pest control solutions are now commercially available, and it’s the introduction of beneficial bacteria and fungi that are of particular interest.
The concept of ‘beneficial bacteria’ has gained significant understanding in the past few decades with human health care and the introduction of probiotics. This concept is synonymous with soil health. Healthy soils are a living ecosystem, populated by ‘good guys and bad guys’. When the natural balance goes out of sync, or if one species is dominating the other – this can be counteracted and enhanced with the artificial introduction of more ‘good guys’. You look after yourself with biologicals. Now, you can do the same for your garden!
BIOLOGICALS AS PART OF A SUSTAINABLE GARDENING.
The goal of Sustainable gardening is to grow healthy plants, in a healthy environment with minimal impact on the environment. Biopesticides offer natural, non-chemical alternatives. These may not be as immediate and as impactful as a synthetic pesticide, because they take a little longer to take effect. However, they are just as effective as their chemical counterparts and should be your first and ‘number 1’ option in your garden’s pest management program.