No poison and still no chance for pests and fungi in the garden – LBV calls for private renunciation of glyphosate and others
Taking advantage of the diversity of species in the garden or on the balcony, it is better to do it without poison during gardening. "If you want to enjoy bees, butterflies and flowers at home, you do not have to inject glyphosate and other poisons into DIY stores and garden centers in your backyard and on your balcony, "said Dr. Ing., President of LBV. Norbert Schäffer. The LBV gives tips on how home gardeners can strengthen their plants without using poison. "Unfortunately, pesticides are still widely used in the garden, and almost 6,000 tonnes are used every year in private gardens," said Christiane Geidel, Species Conservation Specialist at LBV.
The problem: ants on the garden path, weeds in the joints of the roadway or aphids on the apple tree. The solution: pesticides? Better not, because: "With poisons, we kill not only unpleasant hosts, but also useful insects," explains Geidel. Wild plants, such as nettle, dandelion and nettle, are important for many insects, but are destroyed by the use of herbicides such as glyphosate. "If you want to have a living garden, you have to use the tricks of nature rather than the poison cabinet, which protects insects and animals such as birds, hedgehogs, bats and lizards", adds the defender of nature.
Nature offers a multitude of effective ways – and most are free. Nettle smoke can be used, for example, as a fertilizer and nettle infusion to control aphids. Horsetail contains silicic acid. This strengthens the cell walls of the plants and thus strengthens the vegetables against aphids, fungi & Geidel Co.: "For this, we use a tea from these plants and we spray the affected crops."
First, waiting in the garden is often a proven recipe for minor problems. For those who give their plants enough time to defend against pests, fungi and diseases will be rewarded with healthy and resistant plants.
The location, the soil and the lighting conditions also determine whether a plant well prepared for the season starts. If the soil is adapted to the needs of the plant, it receives enough light and dries quickly, even in wet weather. If the plant is far enough away from its neighbors, fungi, aphids and other uninvited hosts are less likely to spread. "In the vegetable garden, mixed farming is a proven method to keep pests and diseases away and provide plants with optimal nutrients for millennia," said Christiane Geidel. "So strawberries grow well next to the garlic, the potatoes next to the thick beans and carrots like to stand next to the leeks." It is also helpful to ban the well-known host plants of garden mushrooms. Juniper, for example, houses the pear grid in summer, a mushroom that infests the leaves of pear trees.
Biodiversity has also declined considerably in Bavaria for years. To counter this, the LBV has been conducting an intensive campaign for "Biodiversity of people's species – Save the bees!" Many Bayern now want to continue to be active after signing and do something for biodiversity. The LBV shows hobby gardeners how everyone can do anything for wildlife – with tips and tricks for more variety for your balcony or garden. More information on www.lbv.de/garten.