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Published on May 20th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan

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Greening Your Spring Garden: Those Pesky Pests


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Conventional pesticides are pretty nasty. In Australia, pesticide runoff turned out to be responsible for some terrible fish mutations. Many conventional pesticides are proven carcinogens and groundwater contaminants. Instead of spraying these questionable chemicals, here are a few alternative ways to keep those pests out of the garden!

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Ants don’t seem to be affected by Neem oil…but you can sprinkle semolina flour (like the stuff you use for making pasta) or their mounds and they will die after ingesting it. If you’re lucky they’ll even take it back to their queen and kill her too. Cornmeal/corn flour is toxic to slugs so I leave an open jar laid on its side near plants they love, they crawl in to eat it, then crawl away to die.

    Thanks for linking to my blog & hope to have lots more to share with you soon 😉

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