Earth-Friendly Pesticide Resources

Natural pesticides

Natural pesticides can easily be made with common kitchen products

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.

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Just a few of the ingredients in natural pesticide recipes found on The California Gardener

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.

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2 Responses to Earth-Friendly Pesticide Resources

  1. Pam July 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I take leaves from my tomato plants, several large handfuls, and steep them in a big pot covered in boiled water for several hours, then strain into a glass jar. The tomato leaves have some sort of toxin in them that works against some pests – and give me hives! I keep the mixture in the fridge and dilute it a bit in a spray bottle but need to mark it better. My husband, thinking it was tea, almost drank it.

  2. Your Easy Garden Team July 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Wow – that’s a new one but certainly sounds like it would be worth a try (as long as it’s clearly labeled in the frig). Thanks for sharing this Pam!

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