The joys of gardening can only be hampered by the irritation of keeping pests away. Even worse, it is difficult to find effective and safe pesticides that are also organic, making it a challenge to keep your garden truly organic. The good news is that there are some very effective organic pesticides that you can make on your own. Check out the recipes below to enlarge your organic arsenal and keep those pests away for good.
1. Salt Spray
Salt is well-known to keep slugs away, but it is also effective in fighting off spider mites. For a quick fix, simply combine two tablespoons of Himalayan sea salt with one gallon of water and spray where needed.
2. Chrysanthemum Tea
Tea made from chrysanthemum flower releases a powerful plant compound called pyrethrum that is found in the flower. This compound affects the nervous systems of bugs, making them unable to move, and eventually killing them. For a powerful pesticide, boil 100 grams of dried flowers in one liter of water for 20 minutes, then strain, cool, and place in a spray bottle.
3. Mineral Oil
This mixture is great not only for warding off insects, but also at killing their eggs. Take 10-30 ml of pure mineral oil and mix it in one liter of water, then spray on your plants as needed.
4. Orange Oil and Soap
This recipe requires three tablespoons of liquid organic Castile soap, one ounce of orange citrus oil, and a gallon of water. Mix the ingredients well then use a spray bottle to treat your garden. This treatment works great for slugs, ants, and roaches.
Neem oil is one of the most effective and ages-old remedies for keeping pests away. Neem is an extremely bitter leaf, which protects your plants and flowers from being chewed on by bugs. You can find a natural neem spray, or make your own using organic neem oil and combining it with a small amount of organic liquid soap plus two quarts of water.
6. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil gives off a relaxing and enjoyable scent to humans, but will keep many pests out of your garden. All you need to do is sprinkle some pure eucalyptus oil in your garden where needed.
7. Citrus Oil with Cayenne Pepper
This recipe is especially powerful when it comes to killing ants. Take 10 drops of citrus essential oil and combine it with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one cup of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake well, and apply as needed.
8. Chile Pepper and DE
Combine about two tablespoons of dried chiles with one cup of diatomaceous earth and two liters of water. Let the mixture set overnight, then shake well before using.
9. Garlic and Onion
Make a spray using onion and garlic by mincing one clove of organic garlic and one whole organic onion; combine with a quart of water, then wait an hour and add cayenne pepper and organic liquid soap. If stored in the refrigerator, you can keep this pesticide on hand for up to one week.
All in All
Finding an effective, organic pesticide for your garden no longer needs to be a struggle. With these effective remedies listed above, you’ll have plenty of choices for powerful ways to keep your garden both pest-free and organic.