Spring and summer are all about planting and many gardeners are going organic. These natural practices do not end with planting fruits, veggies, and flowers. Concerns regarding the long-term effects that chemicals have on soil and the food supply have caused organic pesticides to become more popular. These natural concoctions were used before chemical pesticides were ever invented.
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Step 1: A liquid soap is effective at killing mites, aphids, and nearly any other insect that attacks a plant. The soap creates an unappealing taste and if sprayed directly on an insect, could suffocate it. To make a soap spray, combine ¼ cup gentle liquid dish soap and 1 quart warm water in a container. Do not use a detergent because this will burn the leaves of the plant. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the mixture on the infected plants and on insects.
Step 2: Tobacco or nicotine sprays are effective on caterpillars, aphids, and worms. Do not use this spray on peppers, tomatoes, or eggplant because it will kill them. Mix 1 cup of tobacco with 1 gallon of water and let the solution sit for at least 24 hours or until it resembles the color of a weak cup of tea. if it gets too dark, use more water to dilute it. Strain the solution through cheesecloth or a sieve to remove tobacco. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on insects and plants.
Step 3: A pepper and garlic spray is effective for deterring tomato worms, cut worms, fleas, slugs, and mites. Use the knife to crush and mince garlic, creating a fine paste. After cutting and mincing your onion, combine the onion and garlic in a container. Add 1 quart water and the cayenne pepper. Allow this mixture to sit for at least 1 hour. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve and add 1 tablespoon liquid soap. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto plants. Unused mixture can be stored for one week in a refrigerator.