Spring is here and it’s time to spend more time outside gardening. Keep your yard pesticide-free by using organic pest control remedies from your pantry. If you have any of the pests below, try these recipes.
If picking them off by hand is tiring, mix one tablespoon of molasses with 4 cups of hot water. Add one teaspoon of dish soap. Put into a spray bottle and spray leaves once a week.
Spider Mites, Thrips, Aphids
My mom makes a similar concoction, minus the dish soap, to prevent dogs from doing their business on our lawn. It works.
Add to a blender:
- 2-3 garlic bulbs (take off the cloves individually unless you have a mega powerful blender)
- 12 small hot chili peppers (or 2 tablespoons of hot chili powder)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- 3 cups of water
Blend well, then add another 3-4 cups of water. Blend again. Strain and pour into a spray bottle. Up the strength, if you need to, by reducing the amount of water and upping the amount of garlic and peppers.
White Flies, Mealy Bugs, Scales
These pests die by being smothered in an oily mixture. Whisk 1/2 cup of dish soap with 1 cup of oil (cheap oil) well. Use 1 tablespoon with 4 cups of water in a spray bottle.
Snails And Slugs
Set a beer trap with a shallow container full of beer. They’ll drink it, get drunk and drown. I wrote about this last year.
Spray whole milk every few days until the powdery mildew is gone. I read up on this a little bit, and they say that more is not better, so go easy on the milk spray especially in the shade. Pick off mildewy leaves first, if it’s not going to inhibit the plant’s integrity.
If you have any other home garden remedies, please share!