Using homemade organic pesticides is the BEST way to keep the bad bugs
off your vegetables, and the fungus from their leaves that might otherwise
destroy your vegetables. Spraying pesticides onto your vegetable garden and your
food is NOT the best choice! You would kill all the good bugs like lady beatles and poison your home and vegetables.
If you are starting a garden or already have one, what you can do is make your own Homemade Organic Pesticides, and they are actually cheaper and easier to use, and will not harm your precious garden, nor your even more precious health.
In this article you will find some recipes for homemade organic pesticides that require just a few ingredients that you will probably find you already have in your pantry, and if not they are easy to source from your supermarket.
1. Garlic/Pepper Spray:
Crush up the garlic. Add in the finely chopped onion, then add the water and cayenne pepper. Wait a couple of hours. All this must steep like you would a strong tea. Then add the dish liquid and your Organic Pesticide is now ready to spray on your plants. You can keep this in the fridge for about a week. This garlic spray will keep the slugs away.
2. Soap Spray:
If you don’t like the smell of the garlic spray then another way to stop the slugs is with just soapy water. You can just use your old dishwater! Scoop up some of the water in a bucket and pour it into a watering can and pour it over the plants. Many bugs don’t like the soapy taste! If you need a stronger solution, mix 3 tablespoons of organic dishwashing liquid into 3.5 liters (1 gallon) of water, Spray around the plants weekly.
3. Nicotine or Tobacco Spray:
Originally nicotine was used as a pesticide because it kills insects. And yes this is why it is not good for humans either – it is toxic! This spray will either kill or deter many different kinds of insects but especially aphids and caterpillars.
Allow the mixture to draw overnight. After 24-hours, the mix should be a light brown color. If it is very dark, dilute with more water until lighter. This mix can be used on most plants except tomatoes, peppers, capsicum and eggplants (tobacco kills them!).
4. Salt Spray:
This Organic Pesticide is used for spider mites and cabbageworms. 3.5 liters (1 gallon) of water 2 tablespoons of salt Mix the salt and water and spray! How easy is that.
5. Dead Bug Spray:
Another way to eradicate the bug problem is to pick up some dead carcasses of the insects you want to deter, crush them up, and mix them into water, and put into a container. Use ½ liter (1 pint) of water and 1/2 cup of the bug carcasses. Strain and pour into a spray bottle and spray the affected plants. This might sound disgusting but it does work and is an oldie but a goodie! *Warning: Do NOT use flies, fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes in the dead bug spray as these insects carry many communicable human diseases!
6. Pyrethrum Tea
Chrysanthemum flowers have a powerful chemical component called pyrethrum. This natural chemical plays havoc with the nervous system of insects. Make your own spray by boiling
Boil the flowers in water for about twenty minutes, then strain, let them cool and pour into a spray bottle. This can be stored for up to 8 weeks. Alternatively, you can buy pyrethrum and use it. Follow the mixing instructions and an old farmer recommended adding some urine to it. He swears it works like a charm! _____________________________________________________________
So there are a few basic homemade organic pesticides recipes to get you going. These do work, so you need not be tempted to use a toxic pesticide on your lovely food crops. We do not need to live with nasty toxic chemicals. I have lived a relatively pest free lifestyle without spraying poison all around my house and on my garden. Everything feels and smells lovely and natural, and the vegetables taste natural too; tastier than anything you will buy at the supermarket I promise you!