1000 Flowers for the Planet - #356 Protect Fruit Trees Naturally
Having your own fruit trees in the back yard, or front yard for that matter, can be very rewarding and the crop, although probably too bountiful to eat all at once, will contribute towards other pleasures like jams, marmalade, pies, stewed apples etc. Protecting these previous resources in a natural way is the best solution for a planet already straining with the use of chemicals. We don’t want more chemicals sprayed on our food, or leaching into the soil and being washed into our water systems. Invest some time researching the best methods to protect your particular variety of fruit, but in the meantime, some simple ideas include: Plant lavender underneath the tree to deter pests. Wrap the trunk with corrugated cardboard to attract codling moth and burn it before spring. Nasturtiums planted beneath a fruit tree will also repel insects. Rid apple blight by burning dead tomato plants beneath the tree.
Maybe you can find more solutions that are completely natural and share them with others. By protecting our fruit trees naturally, we protect the fruit and thereby ourselves. Our actions have far-reaching benefits when we do things naturally, just as, conversely, the damage caused by the use of chemicals is extremely far-reaching.