In a perfect world, everyone’s garden would thrive with minimal effort and without the use of pesticides of any kind. Of course, this world is not perfect, and thus, our home gardens require the assistance of pesticides to keep little critters from gorging on the fruits of our labor! Many people just aren’t aware that there are all-natural and organic replacements to toxic pesticides that can help keep your garden pest-free and you and your loved ones healthy. When it comes to your food, shouldn’t it be most important to use natural and safe alternatives and not introduce your family to harmful chemicals? Let’s explore a few of the best options for keeping your garden healthy and toxin-free!
Mix 1 and ½ tablespoons of liquid soap, 1 quart of water, and a few drops of lemon or orange oil and fill up a reusable spray bottle to create the perfect mix that will keep pests off the stems and leaves of your plants.
Pepper And Garlic Spray:
Red Pepper and Garlic added with water will help repel most kinds of beetles, grasshoppers, borers, and pesky slugs.
Mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ cup of oil, and 2 quarts of warm water and spraying directly on to infected plants will help kill off and keep away any fungal presence that has made its way to your garden. Repeat every few days as needed. This acts as both a treatment and preventive measure.
Snail and Slug Spray:
There is a time and a place for snails and slugs. The time? Never! The place? Anywhere else but your garden! These creatures can destroy your garden if left to themselves. Ruin their picnic by placing small dishes of alcoholic beer throughout shaded areas in your garden. They will be attracted to the yeast and luckily for you, it will be a fatal attraction!
With all of these mixtures, it is recommended that they be applied to your garden earlier in the morning or in the evening, as you’ll be avoiding direct sunlight which can burn wet leaves. All of the remedies listed above are cheap, easy to make, are organic and 100% natural. You and your family will be able to enjoy the yields of your beautiful garden while also having the peace of mind that there will not be any harmful chemicals making their way to your plate!