Protect Gardens, Plants, Vegetables and Flowers from Insects & Other Pests by Making a Natural Insect Spray
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Protect Gardens, Plants, Vegetables and Flowers from Insects & Other Pests by Making a Natural Insect Spray

Serious gardeners naturally lean toward being "green" and to want to stay as far away from using chemical sprays as possible. There are several effective ways to deter destructive pests without going the chemical route that can be made with items often found in the kitchen cupboard or pantry.

To have vegetables, flowers and plants that are strong, healthy and attractive in appearance, we must provide protection from pesky insects and pests that might otherwise reap havoc in our garden. Serious gardeners naturally lean toward being "green" and to want to stay as far away from using chemical sprays as possible.

There are several effective ways to deter destructive pests without going the chemical route, and can be made with items often found in the kitchen cupboard or pantry. The recipes below are said to be quite effective in protecting gardens, vegetables and flowers from bugs that might otherwise kill your plants. Help save the planet by picking one and trying it out. If it does not meet your garden or houseplant needs, try another.

GARLIC OIL SPRAY: (Henry Doubleday Research Association in England)

• garlic clove

• mineral oil

• water

• liquid soap

• glass jar

• spray bottle

1) Soak 3 oz. finely minced garlic cloves in 2 teaspoons mineral oil for 24 hours.

2) Mix together 1 pint water with ¼ ounce liquid soap.

3) Mix these two together (garlic/mineral oil & water/liquid soap)

4) Stir mixture thoroughly

5) Strain mixture into a glass jar for storage

When you are ready to use this spray, use 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the mixture per pint of water.

Spray your plants for good coverage. (For sensitive ornamental plants, test on one leaf first, checking for damage from the oil and soap. If no damage occurs after 2 days, it will be safe to spray the rest of the leaves.)

CHILI GARLIC SPRAY: (Developed in Switzerland)

• garlic clove

• chili powder

• water

• dishwashing liquid soap

• quart size glass jar

• spray bottle

1) Crush a whole head of garlic

2) Place garlic in quart and fill jar with water

3) Add a good amount of chili powder into the jar

4) Add a couple of Tablespoons of dishwashing soap

5) Shake well

6) Cover and let mixture settle for three days

7) After three days, strain the mixture and keep only the liquid

Spray directly on plants. This may not work on everything, but it will work on many things.

ALCOHOL SPRAY: (Found on www.superbherbs.net/remedies)

Good for houseplants and tropical foliage plants with heavy, waxy cuticles that will not burn easily.

• rubbing alcohol

• water

• quart jar

• spray bottle

1) Mix 1-2 cups rubbing alcohol per quart of water

2) Pour mixture immediately into spray bottle and begin using

Be sure to mix the alcohol with enough water. Alcohol can damage plants if not diluted well enough. As with any insect repellent mixture, test the mixture first by spraying on one or two leaves first and wait a couple of days.

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Comments (7)

You have a wonderful article with help for the consumer, gardner and the environment in your assistance. Thank you . Promoted.

This is wonderful advice for naturalists who tend a garden. I am going to try some of these ideas.

Great recipe of organic spray, thanks.

This is a really great article.

Returning with a well deserved vote up.

Voted up. I will use these in the future in my garden, getting rid of the pest is nearly half the battle for me. :)

This is really an excellent article especially for this time of year. Well done. Voted up.

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