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Natural Pest Control

 

ladybird4It’s a fact – you don’t need to spend a lot of money on controlling pests in your garden. Your garden is a delicate ecosystem that exists with an harmonious balance. Everything in your garden whether used for eating or beauty products should not be sprayed with chemicals. Some chemicals are stored in the body and over a period of years accumulate to dangerous levels. You don’t wont that for yourself or your children.

“Pests” and bugs are a part of the natural garden and they will chew through a small amount of your produce but if they get out of proportion then there are organic ways around the problem without reaching for highly toxic chemical sprays and dusts.
No garden will run naturally without ‘pests’ and other creatures but we must get their damage into perspective before we react.
Finding a green caterpillar crawling through your lettuce does not call for all out war by bringing out litres of pesticides, whether chemical or organic. It’s a simple matter of picking off the caterpillar and squashing it. A check of the lettuces now and then may reveal more caterpillars but again if they can be controlled by picking them off, then do so.
On the other hand, if you find that there are lots of caterpillars or bugs demolishing your few cabbages then maybe you should reach for a relevant organic spray.

Planting only a few cabbages for your family might seem sensible but perhaps planting an extra 3 or 4 will prevent you having to spray at all. Having the extra cabbages will let you lose a few to bugs. In reality they might not eat that many but the extra you end up with can be shared with friends or preserved.

Diligent hand picking will certainly cut down any spraying needed and you will feel more a part of the gardening process and know it is a safe garden to eat and create from. A natural garden that has been companion planted and organically looked after will reap you a better and safer crop than a chemical garden.

Perfection in looks does not mean the produce is perfect, far from it. Perhaps the flowers wont be as large or the vegetables might be a little chewed and marked but organic produce is definitely better!

Most of the sprays below are as easy to make as a cup of tea and the hints included in this section are simple and take very little time to conduct.


 

Camomile Spray

(Powdery mildew, damping off fungus)

1 cup chamomile flowers

2 cups boiling water

Make an infusion by pouring the boiling water over the flowers and leaving to steep overnight. Strain and use diluted 50/50 with water.

Chilli Spray

(Caterpillars)

3 fresh hot chillis

1 tbls grated soap

3 cups water

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until soap has dissolved.Strain the liquid and place in a spray bottle for use.

Chive Spray

(Powdery mildew)

1 cup chopped chives

3 cups water

Boil the water and pour over the chives. Leave overnight to steep the strain and use in a spray bottle.

Garlic Spray

(Aphids, caterpillars)

1 cup chopped garlic

2 tsp baby oil

1 cup water

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and leave to steep for two days. Strain and use three tablespoons in one litre of water.

Milk Spray

(General garden spray)

1 cup full fat milk

2 cups water

Place the two ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to combine.

Nasturtium Spray

(Woolly aphids)

1 cup nasturtium leaves

2 cups water

Chop the nasturtium leaves and place into a saucepan, pour over the water and simmer for thirty minutes. Strain and cool. Use diluted 50/50 with water as an effective spray.

Salt Spray

(Caterpillars and pests)

1 tbls salt

1 litre water

Dissolve the salt in the water and use regularly to control pests.

Rhubarb Spray

(POISONOUS)

(General pesticide)

500g rhubarb leaves, chopped

2 litres water

1 cup soap flakes

Boil the rhubarb leaves in the water for thirty minutes then strain and stir in the soap flakes. Stir until dissolved. Use neat in a spray bottle.

Soap Spray

(White fly, caterpillars)

1/2 cup soap flakes

2 litres water

Dissolve the soap flakes in the water and use in a spray bottle to control aphids and other pests as well as the above.

Tomato Spray

(White butterfly)

1 cup tomato leaves

3 cups water

Boil the leaves in the water for thirty minutes then strain and cool before using straight.

Snails and Slugs

Slug Trap

1/2 cup beer

1 cup water

1 tsp sugar

Mix the ingredients together and place around the garden in jar lids. Have them sunk into the ground so slugs can enter easily. Check daily and remove slugs.

  1. Snails and slugs will collect in loosely rolled wet newspaper. Place the rolls amongst vegetables and plans. Dispose after a few days.
  2. Sprinkle sawdust around plants as snails and slugs don’t like crawling over it.
  3. Wooden planks also attract snails and slugs to hide under them. Check daily and dispose of snails.
  4. Salt sprinkled on snails and slugs will quickly kill them. Avoid sprinkling salt around plants.

Fruit Fly Trap

Make a solution of ammonia and sugar and place a small amount into containers that have small holes punched in them and can be hung in fruit trees. The sugar will attract the fruit fly and the ammonia will kill them quickly.


 

 

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