Enter June. Weeds galore - even in our newly made garden boxes - and bugs going to town on our itty bitty green bean plants.
The weeds we dealt with the old-fashioned way, but what were we to do about our pest problem? If this had happened a few years ago, we would have broken out a can of Sevin dust and happily gone about our business. That won't cut it now since we're trying to go all organic.
I did a little bit of research on organic pest control and decided to try my hand at making a homemade bug repellent before I went out and bought a pricy can of organic pesticide.
Sinus-Clearing Bug (and Husband) Repellent:
- Peel and mince a full head of garlic and place in a quart Mason jar.
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of mineral or vegetable oil. I used the food grade mineral oil that I rub on my wooden cutting boards.
- Sprinkle in a goodly amount of ground cayenne pepper. I used about 1/4 teaspoon.
- Let soak for 12-24 hours, then press the mixture through a fine sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth. Put the liquid back in the Mason jar, discarding the solids.
- Add a couple of squirts of biodegradable dish soap and 2-3 cups of water. Shake the jar to combine.
- Pour mixture into a squirt bottle and spray on the affected plants.
|Don't you love the great tan I got from our week's vacation in Florida?|
It has been several days since I applied the repellent and it actually seems to be working. The plants have put out new leaves and there does not appear to be any new damage. Just one caveat: if it is a windy day when you apply this spray, make sure you are not down-wind! Ask me how I know!