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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Hi guys! I feel like I'm going nuts here. I've planted salad plants in pots in my window, which Bruce loves to nibble on while gazing outside. All good. But the pests! They spread like wildfire. They love the greens I plant. Is there a plant I can pot for Bruce to eat that doesn't get pests? I don't want to use pesticides or anything that might make her sick. I notice they don't eat my mint plant, so I think some plants must not have such a pest problem. Suggestions?

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It would help to which plants you have and what type(s) of insects you are dealing with.
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I've got iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, and baby spinach, and the worst of the pests are spider mites.
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Remove all heavily infested leaves and seal them in a plastic bag for disposal.
If a plant is infested too badly, get rid of it as the mites will migrate to the healthier plants over time.

Your best options for getting rid of spider mites will be to use rosemary oil and diatomaceous earth

Wipe the bottom of each plant leave with rosemary oil which will help kill the mites.

Organic Ways to Get Rid of Spider Mites | Home Guides | SF Gate

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth below and around the plants.
It will help prevent spider mites and other crawling insects.

Ensure you rinse the plants very thoroughly before serving them to your budgies.
While Rosemary Oil is not toxic to budgies, essential oils could irritate the mucosa in their crop or digestive tract
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Thank you for the info on mites. I think it's too far along. They spread so fast! I think I'll have to start fresh with some other type of plant. Not sure what yet though.
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You might try planting some herbs.
Budgies love basil and cilantro.
Rosemary would be another good one to try.
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