I am desperately trying to keep some veggies alive and I was born somewhat garden challenged. Not wanting to pump my veg full of chemicals and pesticides I have stirred up some natural garden care to ward off the nasties. Natural insecticidal sprays are a great alternative to chemical sprays for your safe non toxic garden. However! They can also burn leaves or harm tender plants. Always be on the safe side and test a few plants or a few leaves for sensitivity before spraying the WHOLE plant. Check for any damage after about three days. When you have cleared a spray for use, apply it in the evenings soaking the plant thoroughly including under the leaves. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Simple Garlic Spray
Garlic can be used to ward off leaf eating critters
- One head of chopped garlic
- 1200 mls of warm water.
Mix the ingredients and leave for 4 hours. Strain into a spray bottle. Spray affected plants every other day for two weeks.
Garlic & Chilli Spray
This will ward off plant eating insects.
- ?1 head of garlic
- ½ teaspoon natural liquid dishwashing soap
- 8 red chillis
- 1200 mls water
- ½ teaspoon of natural dishwashing liquid
BE CAREFULL, wear rubber gloves when you chop these babies up. Chop the garlic and chilli and blend with the water in a blender. Leave the water overnight. Strain and add to a spray bottle. Add the soap and shake well. Spray your plants once a week and after each rain until the pests are gone. Store the spray in the fridge for up to a month. DONT EAT. J
Essential Oil Repellent Spray
Thyme, sage and lavender will naturally ward off some destructive garden insects.
- 3 drops sage essential oil
- 3 drops thyme essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of vodka
- 2.5 litres of water
Mix the oils with the vodka then add to the water in a spray bottle.
Peppered Ant Dust
- 65g cayenne pepper
- 60g garlic powder
- 60g powdered dill
Buy them powdered or grind them down yourself. Mix them together and then sprinkle around the area in a wide margin that you want to keep ant free. (Be care full if you have young children that play in the garden)
Snail & Slug Barrier
- Keep all your cracked egg shells, Rinse and Dry them then coarsely crush. Place in a circle around the base of your plant to combat slugs and snails.
I have used a few of these awesome non toxic alternative on my kale sitting on my deck and they are THRIVING! Thank you also to some fresh worm juice from the local car boot sale!
Here is a special recipe that I thought I should add as a BONUS!
ALL NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT
I hate and despise the commercial insect repellents on the market and have had a little trouble finding a good “natural one” that I could stand. Here is a super easy recipe that I have come across in my essential oil endeavours.
- 1 ½ tea spoons citronella essential oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons lavender essential oil
- ¾ tea spoon eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 250 ml distilled which hazel
Mix the essential oils with the jojoba in a spray bottle. Shake well. Add the witch hazel and shake again. Spray on your body and clothing but please avoid your eyes and nose and mouth.
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Happy Super Natural Living!