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Monday, September 28, 2009

Make your own Garden Insecticide!

Keep those pesky bugs away from your garden with these simple homemade remedies. All are safe for flower or vegetable gardens!

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Antibacterial Fungal Spray

* 1 gallon of water
* 2 Tbsp. of bleach
* 2 drops of antibacterial dishwashing liquid such as Ajax
* (optional)pinch of cinnamon

Shake well. Spray every 8 to ten days. Water well before and after spraying. Don't spray blooms and don't wash spray off. Make new spray each time you spray as the chlorine content will weaken.

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Pest Control for Roses

Roses are a little touchy. They usually benefit from an insecticidal treatment once a week to control Aphids, spider mites and other small, soft-bodied insects. And use only soft soaps, not harsh detergents, which can damage your rose plants.

* 3 tsp. of Murphy's oil soap, castile soap or Ivory dish washing liquid
* 3 cups of warm water
* 1 cup of vegetable, coconut or mineral oil

Allow the mixture to steep overnight. Pour the insecticidal soap into a spray bottle and mist your plants.

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Japanese Beetles

To ward off Japanese Beetles, use a garlic spray. Add five or six crushed garlic cloves to your homemade insecticidal soap (listed above), and allow the garlic to steep overnight. Strain the spray through cheesecloth and pour into a spray bottle. Apply as needed to your bushes. The garlic spray also has the added benefit of helping to control fungal diseases that roses are prone to getting.

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Slugs and Snails

Beer is an old-time favorite for getting rid of slugs and snails.

Place the beer (it doesn't matter what brand) in either shallow pans or cut down some paper cups to about 1 inch tall. Place them in a flat spot in the garden. The pests will crawl into the pans or cups.

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Baking Soda Spray – treats powdery mildew and other fungus

* 1 gallon of water
* 3 tablespoons of baking soda
* 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply to leaves of affected. It is best to remove leaves that are seriously infested if possible. Treat every one or two weeks.

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Garlic & Pepper Spray – gets rid of cabbageworms, catepillars, hornworms, aphids, flea beetles, and other insects

* 6 cloves of garlic
* 1 tbsp dried hot pepper
* 1 minced onion
* 1 tsp liquid soap
* 1 gallon of hot water

Blend all ingredients and let sit for 1 to 2 days. Strain and use as spray. Ground cayenne or red hot pepper can also be sprinkled on the leaves of plants (apply when leaves are slightly damp) to repel chewing insects or added to the planting hole with bone meal or fertilizer to keep squirrels, chipmunks, dogs and other mammals away from your gardens. Be sure to reapply after rain.

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Ant Traps – for killing ants in the garden

* 1/4 cup of sugar
* 1/4 cup of borax

Mix the sugar and borax, then sprinkle around any hills and travel paths. The ant will think it is all sugar and take the borax back to the nest. The borax is poisonous to ants.

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Critter Spray – for getting rid of rabbits, deer, dogs and other four-legged critters

* 4 tsp dry mustard
* 3 tsp cayanne pepper
* 2 tbsp chili powder
* 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
* 2 quarts of warm water

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply around the border of your garden. Those pesky deer or rabbits won’t dare enter your garden.

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Good luck!

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