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Home-made Garden Insecticides

Post by tree68 on April 29th 2008, 7:42 am

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Homemade Garden Insecticides


After a long, cold winter, no one gets more excited about
Spring than a gardener. No one, that is, except the insects
that are waiting to dine on our gardens.

How do you prevent your garden from being a 24-hour diner for
every insect that passes through the neighborhood? There are
any number of chemical products on the market that will kill
insects, but many gardeners are hesitant to use strong
chemicals on their plants.

There are very effective organic insecticides and repellents
available these days, and in a pinch you can make your own
natural insect repellant.

Most insects prefer a bland diet, so by making your garden
spicy you can encourage insects to dine elsewhere. A hot
pepper or garlic spray works great as a repellant and can
actually prevent insects - and even hungry rabbits - from
nibbling on your plants.

To make hot pepper spray, toss a couple of hot peppers, such
as cayennes or habaneros, in a blender with about a cup of water.
Puree the mixture, strain out any solids, then add enough water
to make a gallon of concentrated hot pepper juice.

To use the hot pepper spray, mix a quarter cup of the concentrate
with a gallon of water and a tablespoon or two of liquid soap.
The soap will help the spray stick to the plants.

To make a garlic spray, roughly chop one or two garlic bulbs,
place them in a quart jar and pour boiling water over the garlic,
enough to fill the jar. Close the jar and let it sit overnight.
Strain out the chunks of garlic and add the garlic water to your
sprayer along with a few drops of liquid soap. Leftover garlic
water can be kept frozen for later use.

A good place to buy liquid soap for this purpose would be a health
food store. Do not use a detergent or a heavily scented soap as
these can be harmful to plants. Once you've made your insect
repellant concoction, test it on a few leaves first before spraying
your plants.

The hot pepper and garlic smell will be strong when first applied
but will fade, and your flowers and vegetables won't take on their
odor or taste. The spray should be reapplied every week or two, or
after a rainfall.

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Post by Admin on May 1st 2008, 9:17 pm

very interesting Tree thanks for posting

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Post by WildCherry on May 5th 2008, 1:15 pm

you have to be careful where you live if you use the hot peper spray. example in my area of the high desert of cali. the peper will BURN your plants to a crisp. and dont help much on bugs.

i tryed the soap one back in bakersfiled. when we had the white fly invation back in the year of 97. it didnt help at all with the flys in fact i think they came in just for the soap. lmao

but we had a neighorhood bunny. that LOVED to munch on our garden. it had got lose from my neighors house and there where many a bunny hunt for the little bugger. she offered him up as stew to any one that could get him.

any way . i never cot the waskaly wabbit. but i did get him out of my garden.

what i did was bought some purple ordmental pepers plants fomr the food store one day. i thought they were pretty . such a peraly purple fruits. they start out white then go purple and on to yellow orange and red if left there long enough.

any way i placed them in my flower garden. for color and fun. truns out them puppys where HOT AS HELL. even made my mexacan neighbor cry when he tryed one. but it woudl seem the bunny was not any more fond of them.

one night as hubby and i were in bed we heard the most good awlaful SCREAMING out side out window. freaked us out as it sounded almost like a child. ... it was the "bunny" he got him self a pecker full of pepers. and got the burn. lol. sad but he never came back to our garden again.

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Post by Admin on May 5th 2008, 11:14 pm

lmao Mommy that is the funniest thing I have read in a why lol

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Post by WildCherry on May 7th 2008, 11:12 am

lol well they neighbor kids cot their bunny a few weeks later and the mom didnt trun him in to stew. he became their pet and stayed in the bunny hut out back for at lest the nest 2 years that i know of. lol so there is kinda a happy ending for the wasklie wabbit. but i did kinda feel bad hearin that poor thing screamin like that. Sad lol

and the pepers whent to good use too. they other neighbor who had tryed them erlyer. asked for the harvest of them to make their salsas and chillys. i gave them over and they hung them all out to dry. guess they lasted a long time as they said they ounly used a few at any given time. lol

they had more guts then i did to eat them suckers. lmao the smeel and the brun on my hands pickin them was enought for me to know better then to try them. lmao

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Post by caysa on May 14th 2008, 10:37 am

Marygolds are really cool as insect repellants! I have always planted some in my greenhouse and also among lettuce and other plants we like to eat. They work really well and they look pretty too, among all the green. And - the bunnies don't like them at all tongue

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Post by WildCherry on May 14th 2008, 11:17 am

look at them fat maders im sooo jelus.

hehe the kids planted marry golds this year too in our garden.

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Post by caysa on May 14th 2008, 1:02 pm

sunny We can't plant anything yet, except perennials....

I got 6 plants of these today


and 10 of these
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Post by Admin on May 14th 2008, 11:25 pm

oh those are nice plants caysa I like the colembine very pretty

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