Maintaining a garden has its various setbacks especially when pests overrun your garden. Your instant reaction is to reach out immediately for the commercially produced chemical pesticides. While they are instantly effective, these harsh chemicals are harmful for us in the long run. Keeping in tune with organic living, there are natural remedies for pests that you can easily concoct at home.
The material required for creating home remedies can be found in your kitchen cupboard and you can always make do with what you have. These remedies are very safe to use and will not have an adverse effect on your kids, pets or even yourself. Besides, you will be contributing greatly to the environment by using these natural products. Here are 3 simple home remedies for pests.
1. Garlic oil spray
600 ml water
10 to 15 cloves minced garlic
tsp of mineral oil
1 tsp of liquid dish soap
Soak the garlic for 24 hours before use in mineral oil
Add water to the garlic
Add the liquid dish soap
Mix thoroughly and store in a spray bottle and apply to plants
This solution is very effective for controlling spider mites, aphids and white flies.
2. Simple soap solution
2 liters of warm water
2 tbsp of soap flakes
Dissolve the soap flakes in the warm water
Store in a spray bottle and apply once every 5 to 7 days
The use of too much soap can burn the plants but this solution deals effectively with white flies, aphids and spider mites.
3. Fungicide for mildew and black spot
1 liter of water
1 tsp of soap flakes
1 tsp of baking soda
Dissolve the baking soda into the water
Add the soap flakes which will enable the solution to cling to the leaves
Store the solution in a spray bottle
Remove all the infected leaves on the plant
Spray the plant from top to bottom and on the new leaves area so as to curb the spread of the disease.
This can be applied once in a while and keep checking the fungi attack on the plants.
These remedies are safe, effective and a healthy way of protecting your garden and they are not even expensive. The added bonus is that, even when you apply these remedies they will only superficially control the particular disease or problem. It will not have a penetrating effect upon the plants, which means that you are not going to consume anything unhealthy. The vegetable plants which get the natural treatment are safer for consumption, as they can be easily washed out.
You can also discourage insects and pests from creeping into your garden, if you use these preventive remedies every once in a while. Apart from that, you need to keep your garden well maintained so that pests are discouraged in your garden.
About the author: Diana Maria is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on electricity generation attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on designer table lamps.