Thursday, July 2, 2020

Keeping Pests Out of the Garden Organically

When I say pests, I mean bugs, insects, creepy crawlies and the like.  And they are not welcome in my vegetable garden.  I will make exceptions for bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and praying mantis (and the occasional spider).

Because of Lilah Rose and grandchildren who visit, I want to ward off pests naturally.  No Orkin man or regular bug spray for us!

I've read various articles and recipes and I've settled on this simple one that so far is working wonders.  It is a combination of fresh garlic cloves, onions, cayenne pepper & red pepper flakes, and boiling water.  You can also add a bit of dish soap if you like.

I combine the above and let the solution ferment for a few days in mason jars in a sunny spot in the kitchen.  Strain and store in spray bottles.

I was quite concerned about the ants in the squash flowers. I waited until the bunnies left the nest for good before I sprayed them. I haven't seen an ant since.

I have been spraying the plants every 3 days.  If it rains, I will spray them the following day.  As I said, so far so good.  I'm happy to say goodbye to garden pests organically.

14 comments:

  1. WoW, that's almost too easy!! So wonderful that you found a simple recipe that is working. Now the animals and children can be in the yard safely with no bugs and that's a good thing!!

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    1. Absolutely, Mary! Now if the birds would just leave my garden alone!

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  2. Mrs. R. what a terrific idea :) I don't spray either... no chemicals in my little plot :)

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    1. Maria, I just don't trust those chemicals. This is easy to make and use!

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  3. Really good advice today! I do not want to kill the birds. Plus, Roundup now has to pay people who got cancer from using it.

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    1. Ginny, I read about Roundup. It seems like so many things cause cancer nowadays!

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  4. What a great idea and thanks for sharing your recipe! I might try to grow tomatoes again with this as a helper!!

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    1. Terri, let me know if this recipe works for you! Happy Gardening!

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  5. Great tip and share with your bug spray, Gina! While we don't garden, I bet it would help with the bugs/insects that hang around the perimeter of the house. Thank you for sharing! Happy Friday and have a fabulous 4th of July weekend.

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    1. Robin, I haven't used it around the perimeter of the house. Please let me know how it works for you.

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  6. Hi Gina, thanks for this combination, like you I like to use natural products as much as possible. I think of you so often and hope your summer is going well! I finally finished my tomato canning today, and will be having a break until fall, apples and grapes!
    Thank you for your sweet comment, now that the canning has slowed, I plan to reorganize the pantry, which will start soon.I canned more this year simply because of all the things going on in our country! I experienced so many shortages during the lock-down, and thanks to your advice before all got hectic, I started stocking up on a lot of necessities.
    Have a great evening.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, you inspire me to garden more. I've never canned before. I don't know why I am hesitant to do so. I need to watch some how to videos and become confident. xo

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  7. I have a few pests this year bothering my garden and one of the plants I had bought from Lowe's, I tried a natural method I found on line for that particular bug but it didn't seem to phase it, but maybe I need to spray more

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    1. Connie, I hope you find something that works. Shoo bugs!

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