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Rid your garden of bugs and slugs with these non-pesticide methods
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Rid your garden of bugs and slugs with these non-pesticide methods

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So you’ve got your vegetable and flower transplants in the ground, their roots are reaching out into surrounding soil, and stems are starting to grow. Wait before you turn your back on them! A few common pests might be lurking.

Transplants are threatened by three kinds of pest damage this time of year: Stems might be chopped off at the soil line, leaves might be chewed, and/or leaves might be shot full of tiny holes. The most likely culprits are, respectively, cutworms, slugs, and flea beetles.

All three pests have cosmopolitan tastes, attacking practically any transplant you set out. Fortunately, they can be kept in check without pesticides.

Spring is the perfect time to begin digging and growing a traditional vegetable or flower garden. These tips might make it easier for you.


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