Sunday, April 7, 2013

How to Naturally Control Pests in Your Garden

Honestly, I only have three large pots of herbs so I wouldn't call it a garden but I thought somebody might find this helpful. Also please keep in mind not to drown your herbs with this spray or the leaves will wilt. 

See those little black specks on the clay pot? There were a lot more swarming around.

Option 1
  1. 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap
  2. 16 ounces water
  3. 1 tablespoon cooking oil (vegetable oil or olive oil)

Option 2
  1. 8 ounces water
  2. 7 ounces witch hazel
  3. 1 tablespoon cooking oil (vegetable oil or olive oil)
  4. 40 drops of essential oils (I personally like a combination of lavender, tea tree, cinnamon, and rosemary)
After watering your plants in the morning, spray either concoction to get rid of soft-bodied insects such as aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, and mealy bugs. This does not work on hard-shelled insects. The soap and oil works by suffocating insect pests and their eggs, as well as disrupting their cell membrane and removing their protective waxes.

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