How to Make a Chemical-Free Insect Repellent

I think we can all agree that chemical warfare is bad. I mean, things like anthrax and smallpox and sarin are no fun for anyone. If you want to keep the chemicals out of your yard with a modular metal raised garden bed, here are some tips to get you on the right track.

Don't Get Rid of Clovers on Modular Metal Raised Garden Beds

Delicate looking plants come at a price, and that price often introduces toxins into your yard. Let some "weeds" grow that won't harm other plants, such as clover, which occurs when the soil is deficient in nitrogen. What's cool is that clover reduces the amount of fertilizer needed to make grass grow, according to experts at Penn State. When you trim clover, the clippings release nitrogen into the soil, helping it to become fertile. So the theory is: if you let clover grow, you'll end up getting rid of some weeds. If not, what harm do these clover bunches do to the plants in your modular metal raised garden bed?

Use pantry items to ward off pests

There are other things in your home that can repel bugs and help control weeds. That's nasty paprika, so if any hairy pests are eating on the veggies or vegetables in your metal raised garden beds, sprinkle some paprika on them. Paprika is also one of the best ways to get rid of squirrel problems, you'd better trust them to ignore it; plus, if you accidentally spill it on your food, it's completely natural and will be blown away when you're ready to eat it wash off.

Many gardening departments sell chemical-free garlic repellents, or you can make your own at home by mashing a clove of garlic and letting the mixture sit overnight, then put it the next morning Filter into another container. Mix mashed garlic with a gallon of water and pour it over plants in modular metal raised garden beds to repel pests; or plant oregano or basil near other plants. Strong smells also repel most insects.