Organic Pest Control Series: Links & Synopses

Essays concerning  my philosophy of ethical organic pest control include:

New readers will probably find the evolving discussion easier to follow if they work their way through the  posts in chronological order.  For readers pressed for time, major concepts linking each installment to the others include the following:

  • Despite romanticized or ill-informed opinions to the contrary, organic gardening and organic pest control techniques are not environmentally benign.
  • I think of organic pest control tools in three broad but overlapping categories: ecological, mechanical and chemical.  We have been discussing them from the least labor intensive and least ecologically violent of the three (ecological) to most labor intensive and most ecologically violent of the three (chemical).
  • I believe that responsible organic gardeners should choose the least violent method that will meet their own, self-consciously identified gardening goals and needs.  Each individual gardener’s honest self-evaluation of goals and needs resists formulaic or reflexive responses to pest and disease pressure that are encouraged by the profit-oriented home gardening industry.  It resists, also, blind obedience to farming “customs” established by modern industrial agriculture and sustained by the related aesthetic sensibility.
  • Pest management and disease prevention stem first and foremost from the garden ecosystem itself.
  • A functioning ecosystem with maximum biodiversity is the least labor intensive, least agriculturally violent pest control system in the organic gardener’s tool kit.
  • The more labor intensive a pest control measure, the more agriculturally violent and environmentally harmful.

5 thoughts on “Organic Pest Control Series: Links & Synopses

  1. […] readers  following my philosophy of organic pest control can click here for links to the entire series as well as for a brief synopsis of the argument as it has evolved in […]

  2. What an incredible wealth of knowledge, I feel so lucky for finding your blog.

    I am striving towards a balanced ecosystem, a struggle in the city, but I have been leaving some vegetables to flower as, Jackie French suggests that predator insects lay their lavae on plants that their food source is attracted to and they get going a bit earlier than the pests. Hopefully no more aphids this year! Come on ladybugs!

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I believe in (and have seen realized) the incredible potential for urban and sterilized suburban spaces to become critical resources/way-stations for wildlife. I also see traditional patterns of urban and suburban land-use in our country as incredibly irrational. In the 1940s, we used urban spaces for food production — the very definition of “local” food production. I want to take that heritage back!!

      If your aphids get too aggressive before the ladybugs and their larvae arrive, you can always blast your leaves with a good hit of water from your hose… knock the little monsters off the leaves… and still leave enough of them around to encourage the Mrs. lady-bugs to lay eggs. One of my blog posts has pictures of ladybug eggs and larvae, to help you recognize them when you see them. Stop by again!

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