For those who want to grow their own food, flowers, medicinal plants, you can use your porch, your garden or a vegetable garden, the important thing is to start! But often it’s not easy and to make it even more complicated, after an exhausting day of work, you arrive in your garden and find a legion of insects and pests that, if not controlled, can ruin our plans and frustrate all our efforts.
But all is not lost, here are some “recipes” to make 100% organic repellents that will help you keep unwanted insects away, in total respect of the environment. We also recommend that you take a look at the plants you can plant in the garden that will help you fight pests. It is important to keep in mind that insect repellents should be used after the flower has fallen. Keep reading to know more on the natural pesticides you can use.
Garlic in an Insect Repellent Spray
Garlic is a powerful natural insect repellent, capable of deterring and repelling many insects from our garden. To prepare our insecticide, crush in a blender a head of garlic with a few cloves (spice), as well as two glasses of water to obtain a homogeneous compound. Let it sit for a day and then mix it in 3 liters of water. The resulting mixture can be sprayed directly on the leaves of the plants. Garlic infusion is also very effective against aphids.
Fungicide with Milk to Fight Fungi
Milk is a great weapon we have to fight and prevent fungi. There are many ways to fight fungi, some better than others, but with this home remedy is cheap as well as ecological.
Chromatic Traps to Fight the White Fly
To fight the white fly we will use a very simple principle and that is that many insects are attracted by the color yellow, this is the basis of chromatic traps that knowing that they are attracted in an irresistible way by this color, we can always catch them once they are perched on it, with adhesive materials like glue, honey, etc….
Ecological Remedies against Snails and Slugs
For anyone who has outdoor plants and especially for those who have a vegetable garden, snails and slugs are usually one of the biggest problems to face, both because they eat the leaves (which is the least serious) but especially because even the shoots of newly planted plants, you can leave a single stem so that the plant will have no future.
As always with home remedies, the ideal is to apply it when snails or slugs become a plague, if we have few snails and the damage is not very serious my recommendation is to do nothing.
How many times have you accidentally touched a nettle leaf and felt a tingling sensation? Well, nettle may not be so annoying when it becomes a great ally for your crops. Put on a pair of thick gloves and pick some nettles (500 gr). Put it in a bucket and cover it with 5 liters of water, let it sit for at least a week and you have your new 100% organic liquid fertilizer.
Insecticide for Tomatoes
Tomato leaves are rich in alkaloids, an excellent repellent for aphids, larvae and caterpillars. Fill two cups with chopped tomato leaves and add water. Let stand at least overnight and dilute the mixture in two cups of water. Ready! You can spray the tomato spray on the plants. Keep it away from pets as it can be toxic to them.
There you are! With these natural, cheap and easy to find ingredients, you can great effect pesticides in a blink and protect your plants and vegetables organically. Did you already try one of the above? Share your experience with it in the comments below.
And if you want to know more homemade pesticides, come back to read the second part of this article.