Like a well-stocked pantry for a cook, a good “medicine cabinet” will save a gardener time and money, especially when it comes to pest control. You may already have many of the necessary ingredients for safe and natural deterrence at home. Store them in a handy location, out of reach of both children and pets.
Liquid soap is the basis of many gardens potions. It helps ingredients blend together, and it is also a surfactant, or wetting agent, which means it assures uniform coverage of leaf surfaces or insect bodies!
Aspirin: (uncoated): dissolved in water, fights mildew, black spot, and more.
Borax: wipes out ants, roaches and more.
Epson salts: Provides a quick shot of magnesium to promote growth of flowers and foliage.
Essential oils (Mixed with water): are great pest busters.
Fish emulsion and kelp: organic fertilizers that promote healthy soil and plants.
Vinegar (apple cider or white): fights fungus, kills weeds and destroys pests.
I find it hard to believe that I will soon be working in the vegetable garden. If you have need of a spray to treat cucumber beetles, leaf hoppers, aphids or other pests here is a great recipe to make with Tabasco sauce.
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (or other hot chili sauce)
1/8 tsp liquid soap.
Combine ingredients in a jar, shake well and decant into a spray bottle. Apply to both tops and bottom of leaves. Reapply after a rain.
We all want to have a success harvest in our garden. By having a well-stocked garden pantry you will not only have a successful garden but you can have the satisfaction of treating your garden with natural remedies.