One of the things I pride myself on is limiting the chemicals I use in my garden. Knowing how harmful many of the commercially available pesticides are I love the fact that often it’s just a matter of mixing up some common kitchen items – like garlic, baking soda, spices, peppers and vinegar or using some of my trusted essential oils to stop bugs from eating my garden plants.
A reader recently shared this wonderful resource – 24 Blogs Explaining How To Make Your Own Natural Pesticides from the Housekeeping.org website, and I thought I’d share it.
I checked many of the links suggested and there are some great ideas here – everything from an easy to make all purpose spray recommended by The California Gardener to some unique suggestions from Global Healing Center for Natural and Organic Living website including one I plan to try that includes some lovely smelling citrus essential oils.
I love anything DIY – and these really are some excellent resources for recipes anyone can mix up. An added bonus is that it’s a great way to save a few dollars too as whipping up your own earth-friendly pesticides for your garden using these recipes won’t hit your wallet as much as buying something in the store. I don’t know about you – but I’d rather spend money on more plants than expensive toxic pesticides!
Do you have a tried and true recipe that you use? If so, please share it. And if you try any of these – let us know how they work in your garden!
Well, I’m off to mix up an earth-friendly cocktail for the aphids getting into my tomato plants. Just another round of “Me vs the wild”! Wish me luck.