Saturday, June 19, 2010

All Natural Pesticide Recipe

Our veggie garden is doing pretty well, but as was to be expected, the bugs have found out about it and are happily eating away at all my hard work! So, what is a girl to do? Make some pesticide soup!

Some pest this spray will repel are ants, aphids, cowpea curculio, flea beetle, japanese beetle, mexican bean beetle, spider mites, squash vine borer, harlequin bug.

What you will need:
1 Large spray bottle (32 oz is good)
1 Fine strainer and cheese cloth
1 teaspoon neatural dish soap
1 Jalapeno
1/2 Large white onion
3-4 Cloves of garlic
4 1/4 Cups of water

Step 1: Roughly chop jalapeno (with seeds) and onion. Smash garlic with side of knife and palm, peel, and roughly chop. Blend jalapeno, onion, and garlic in food processor until mixture is almost a paste.

Step 2: Mix 4 1/4 cups of water and jalapeno mixture to pot. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Let cool.

Step 3: Place cheese cloth over fine strainer. Pour cooled water mixture over cheese cloth and into container. I used a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup with spout so I could easily pour into spray bottle.

Step 4: Add soap and transfer to spray bottle. Keep refrigerated up to two weeks.

Important information!
- Make sure to use this on plants that are not wilted. If you have wilted plants, make sure to water them well the night before use.
- Do not use in mid-day or direct sunlight. Wait until either early morning or evening. Using during the afternoon sun could damage your plants more.
- Make sure to spray the undersides of the leave as that is where all the little buggies like to hide.
- The first use should be light, just to see how your plants will react.

Happy pest repelling!

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