- Describe ways to address common infestations with natural solutions
Conventional farming, the large scale mono-crop farmers, have it all wrong. They spray harmful pesticides and herbicides on their crops to kill the weeds and bugs but leave behind a wrath on the soil that may be even worse in the long run.
If you look for solutions, and often those can be found in the historical record, you will find that farmers and gardeners have been addressing bug infestations for as long as they’ve been growing food. There are natural solutions such as the strategic use of predatory insects or even the application of household materials to battle bad bugs. Baking soda, vinegar, cornstarch, and Epsom salts all have value in the garden if used properly.
Of course, there is a commercial market for solutions as well that aren’t laden with toxic chemicals or harsh on the soil after the fact. This lesson will explore natural solutions so that you can more effectively manage your encounters with bugs of all types.
Teach the Teacher
- Common Garden Pests and How to Control Them
- Bug Out! Worksheet
Tools & Materials
- Bug Out Worksheet
- Flatscreen or Smart Board
- Predatory insects
- Beneficial insects
Introduction (15 minutes)
Begin the lesson by describing the various pests and the natural solutions that can be used to fight them. It might be helpful to show these on the screen by streaming the article Common Garden Pests and How to Control Them.
Activity (10 minutes)
Give the Students 5 minutes to complete the Bug Out Worksheet by drawing a line from the remedy to the bug infestation. Review the worksheet together to ensure that each Student can make the correct correlations.
Discussion (10 minutes)
What do you think the damage could be from a single type of infestation? What should we do to monitor our raised planters or hydroponic towers?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you think you have to buy a special pesticide spray to kill bad bugs in the garden?
- Now that you’ve explored some of the natural remedies for battling bugs in the garden, raise your hand if you think you can use something other than chemicals to fight bad bugs in the garden.
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