Great Green Idea: Green Gardening: Make Your Own Organic Pesticides

Make Your Own Organic Pesticides

So you want to plant some leafy greens and be a green sustainable gardener while you do it. Avoid those bags and cans of pesticides from the garden shop. You can make your own organic pesticides at home. Ingredients like salt and cayenne pepper will help greatly in the battle to keep your vegetables pest free and healthier to eat.

Host a fun garden party and mix up batches of organic pesticides together with your friends and neighbors. The more people using safer pesticides in your area means the safer your community will become as a whole. Make it a potluck event in more ways than one. Everyone brings a food dish, plus an essential ingredient for the pesticide brews. Read the recipes thoroughly before making a list of ingredients needed.

  • Sea Salt Spray: Rid your garden of spider mites and cabbageworms with a simple salt spray. Add 2 tablespoons of sea salt to one gallon of water. Apply this homemade pesticide from a clean spray container. If your goal is to kill weeds, add one pound of salt to one gallon of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the weeds, carefully avoiding the plants you wish to keep.

  • Garlic and Onion Spray: A little organic liquid soap completes this spicy natural pesticide. Add one crushed garlic bulb, one chopped onion, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to one gallon of water. Let this mixture sit for a couple of hours. Then add one tablespoon of organic liquid dish soap to the mixture. Pour into the spray bottle and use liberally. This homemade pesticide is recommended for slug prevention.

  • Cayenne Pepper Spray: Blend this hot spice with some orange citrus oil for optimal results. Add one teaspoon cayenne pepper and ten drops of citrus oil for each cup of water. Warm water tends to work best for mixing purposes. Try this organic pesticide if you’ve got ants in your plants.

  • Sun Tea Spray: Brew Yarrow tea leaves and stems in the sun tea jar for a great homemade pesticide that prevents aphids and helps fertilize your garden, as well. Add one cup of yarrow plant (leaves and stems) to two cups of water in a sun tea jar or a large bowl. Let this mixture sit in the sun all day, brewing it for 24 hours total. Strain the plant from the liquid, adding two cups of brewed coffee (the stronger the better) and a quarter teaspoon of organic liquid dish soap to the brewed tea. Add this mixture to one gallon of water and apply to the garden via spray bottle.

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