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5 Simple Pest Remedies for the Garden

5 Simple Pest Remedies for the Garden

So often the home garden pest control remedies work as well or better than the chemical counterparts, and with the added bonus that with these formulas made of kitchen cupboard ingredients, you dont need to worry about poisoning yourself, your pets, or your garden!

Print out these five standby remedies for yard and garden, including a natural fungicide for mildew and black spot:

Simple Soap Solution
2 Tbs. soap flakes
2 litre warm water
Dissolve soap flakes in water and apply directly to infested areas every 5-7 days. Note: Too much soap can cause burning on plants.
Pests affected: aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies.

Garlic Oil Spray
10-15 cloves of minced garlic
2 tsp. mineral oil
600 ml water
1 tsp. liquid dish soap
Soak garlic in mineral oil for 24 hours. Strain garlic out and add 600 ml water and 1 tsp. liquid dish soap. Mix thoroughly. Spray plants with this solution.
Pests affected: Aphids, spider ites, and whiteflies

Fungicide for Mildew and Black Spot
1 tsp. baking soda
1 litre water
1 tsp. soap flakes
Dissolve baking soda in 1 litre of warm water.

Add soap flakes to help solution cling to leaves. Remove infected leaves from plant, then spray top and bottom of remaining leaf surfaces to control spread of the disease.

Sticky Traps
1-2 Tbsp. Vaseline or preferably, Unpetroleum Jelly
4x8 plastic cards or cardboard
Waterproof yellow paint
Apply paint onto both sides of the card and let it dry. Once the paint is dry, apply
Unpetroleum Jelly liberally over both sides of the card. Place the card just above the plant canopy.
Pests controlled:Flying pests, such as fungus gnats, and whiteflies.

Sowbug Traps
1 small plastic container with lid
2 Tbsp. cornmeal
Cut a small hole at the base of the container, large enough and close enough to the bottom to allow sowbugs to climb in. Place cornmeal in container. Place container into area infested with sowbugs. After feeding on the cornmeal, the bugs will drink and then explode! (Replace cornmeal frequently.)

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Adapted from A Year on The Garden Path, by Carolyn Herriot (Earthfuture/Lantern, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Carolyn Herriot. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from A Year on The Garden Path, by Carolyn Herriot (Earthfuture/Lantern, 2005).

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8:08AM PDT on May 1, 2014

thanks

9:18AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Great article!!

7:10AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

thank you

5:54AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

thanks

9:28AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Thank you.

5:49PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Great - will NOT use toxic chemicals so these ideas will help.

4:37AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Great info...In our new eco garden we have planted companion plants that attract insects that eat the ones doing damage to what you don't want damaged. Did a lot of research and have grown all the friendly plants that work with you to control bugs you don't want. It's very pleasing way of gardening because one doesn't have to worry about toxic spray carrying on the wind or getting on things it shouldn't. Love lady birds they are good aphid eaters. And some of these companion plants are good in salads also. Thanks so much for the post it was so informative.
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8:29AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing!

12:36AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

My bride and I have been Diatomaceous Earth (DE) in and around our house and yard for severals years now. It is especially good on "fire ants" - you may need a few applications - and you do not have to worry about children or you pets coming into contact with it.

12:07PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

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