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DIY Garden Sprays

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Garden sprays can be used for a variety of things, from trying to promote plant growth to trying to banish pests. While they can often be purchased inexpensively enough, these solutions are all too often chalk full of harmful chemicals that aren’t worth the benefits they boast. This is why so many people have gotten into growing organically, or only making sprays they can create in their own kitchens.

This article will overview several of the easiest to make at home spray recipes.

Ant Repellant

What will this do? Ants are most effective when they can form a habitat close to where they intend to strike. Simply using this treatment a few times will destroy their habitat to the degree that they decide to move elsewhere, leaving your garden free from their irritating presence.

How do you make it?

Boil some water and pour it in the ant’s home nest. It’s that simple. While some sprays have ingredients and treatment instructions, this really is a matter of fighting back with the ants.

If you are still having problems with ants after a few uses, you can up the ante by sprinkling talcum powder along windowsills. Ants do not like talcum powder, it’s another substance they will want to avoid, making it ideal for getting rid of them.

Fruit Flies

What will this do?

Fruit flies can cause huge problems with a harvest if they’re not stopped. Fruit fly treatments essentially are bait and traps that will get them caught and reduce the population’s general numbers.

How do you make it?

Take fruit that has gone bad, fruit that has fallen or been otherwise negatively impacted, and seal it in a plastic bag.

Leave that plastic bag in the sun (or place it in a bucket of hot water) to heat up the solution.

You now have bait, make sure it’s dipped in a litre of water, add a pinch of dry yeast, and you officially have a bait.

How do you use it? Take the resulting baits, make at least a few, and place them in jars that you keep around your trees. Change the bait traps once every few weeks to ensure that you are still keeping the treatment as effective as possible.

Garlic Spray

What will this do? Garlic spray is a great pest remover and fungicide. It has a particular effect on aphids, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and stink bugs.

How do you make it?

Take 10 cloves of garlic and chop into pieces.

Add 1 litre of warm water.

You then leave this solution overnight and strain it into a container in the morning.

How do you use it? You can use this as a spray, but only within a few days of making it (or it will no longer be good).

General Soap Spray

What will this do? General soap spray is good for getting rid of aphids, mealy bugs, spotted mites, soft scale, and whiteflies.

How do you make it?

Combine the following ingredients:

2 tsp soap flakes (or grated pure soap)

1 litre of warm water

Then shake together and leave to cool off.

How do you use it? Once it’s cooled, the spray can be periodically to get rid of these pests.

Rose Fungicide

What will this do? Rose fungicide fights the growth of mildew and black spot, and can help to prevent it from coming back in the future.

How do you make it?

Combine the following ingredients:

1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

4.5 litres of water

2.5 tsp white oil

How do you use it? You can use the resulting mixture as a weekly spray to coat your plants. This will effectively battle mildew.

Slaters

What will this do? Slaters will be attracted to this death trap. It destroys them so that they can stop bothering your crop.

How do you make it?

Take a few newspapers and roll them up tightly.

Secure the newspapers together with rubber bands.

Soak the whole creation in water.

How do you use these?

Simply take the resulting wet newspaper rolls and spread them throughout the garden early in the morning. Over time, there will be less and less slaters appearing in your garden!

Snails and Slugs Trap

What will this do​? Snails and slugs are best banished by trapping them. To that end, this treatment traps these pests before they can get to your produce.

How do you make it?

Take a plastic container and add beer (yes it’s this simple), then ensure that the snails can get into it. This will trap them, and banish them from your garden.

White Oil Spray

What will this do? White oil spray helps get rid of mealy bugs, scale, thrips, and whiteflies.

How do you make it?

Combine the following ingredients:

1 tbsp dishwashing liquid

1 cup cooking oil

Then take 1 – 2.5 teaspoons of the resulting solution to 1 cup of water.

How do you use it?

spray once every ten days (while you’re having problems with these pests, when you’re not, there’s no need to spray).