As we become increasingly aware of the impact we are having on our planet, many of us have begun to go back to the practice of growing our own food. Gardening without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers not only makes our food safer to eat but lowers pollutants in our soil and water. Here are a few recipes for homemade pesticides which are safe and economical to use as well as some other gardening tips.
Garlic will keep away a wide variety of harmful insects. Just mix together 1 quart water,1 garlic bulb crushed fine,1 medium sized onion, and 1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper. Let steep for one hour. Strain solution. Add 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap. Put in a spray container for use.
Spearmint, hot pepper, and horseradish are very effective at discouraging insects. Mix ½ cup of hot red peppers, ½ cup horseradish, ½ cup fresh spearmint leaves and ½ cup chopped onion. Cover with water then strain. Add another ½ gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Put in a spray container for use.
Rid your garden of slugs, spider mites, and cabbage worms. Simply spray with a salt water solution of 2 tablespoons salt to 1 gallon of water.
Boric acid is a natural garden insecticide. It's usually sold for roach control. Sprinkle it in your garden to dissuade ants, fleas, grasshoppers, termites, and fleas. In addition you will find it effective on molds and fungus.
Garlic oil may be used to kill mosquitoes. Spray it anywhere standing water collects.
Spray milk diluted with water on cucumbers and zucchini to discourage powdery mildew.
Kill spider mites in the garden. Mix up a two percent solution of either coriander oil or anise with water and spray.
Use beneficial insects. Daddy long legs are harmless to your plants and will prey on leaf hoppers, aphids and mites.
Send gophers to find a new home. Put 2 or 3 garlic bulbs, a few hot chili peppers and some water in a blender. Mix well. Pour down the gopher hole. Now fill the hole with water from your garden hose.
Say no to expensive and harmful fertilizer. Make a compost pile of leaves, clippings, and food waste. Turn weekly with a spade. Use when it has a rich black color as a soil enrichment. If you wish you can also purchase compost at most garden centers.
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