If you live in a house, then you most likely have a garden which is filled with nice plants. But, the worst thing that can happen to your beautiful plants is the attack of pests. There are many sprays available on the market but most of them are not effective.
Professional gardeners are well aware of this and because of that they constantly use DIY sprays. Moreover, the use of these will not kill the garden insects, but keep them at bay.
In this article we shall present you an amazing spray which is easy to prepare, but it is very effective. The best would be to use it before springtime and thus have that beautiful taken care of garden where you will enjoy your late afternoon hours.
The recipe is based on the use of natural ingredients that can act as efficient pesticides like mint, garlic, and red cayenne pepper.
Mint (spearmint and peppermint)
This is well-known herb that thrives on plenty of water and grows from underground runners. It has square stems and it is well recognized for its leaves with a specific scent and refreshing flavor. You can grow it in your own garden, but we suggest plantingsmall plants and avoid the use of seeds. The growing of this plant very much depends on the use of ample water.
This plant is a natural pesticide, but make sure to plant it in your garden as commercial chemical fertilizers lower the potency of the vital ingredients present in garlic. It is an economical, non-toxic pesticide with powerful fungicidal and pesticidal properties which help in the control of pests.
It is very helpful in the fight against aphids, ants, army worms, borers, beetles, caterpillars, slugs, white flies, and termites.
Professional gardeners state: “Healthy soil will draw beneficial insects and work along with garlic to repel the bad insects. Keep your soil healthy by using plenty of organic matter, allowing adequate drainage and keeping the garden weed free.”
Red cayenne pepper
Red cayenne pepper is a natural pesticide making it safe forboth humans and pets, and naturally for the environment as well. There are many organic sprays and powders on the marketbased on red pepper extracts of the hotter members of the Capsaicin family, however simple home methods are cheaper and offer the same efficacy.
This spice is very effective for both insect and animal pests.
In the case of animal pestsit is very effective as itirritates the skin and lungs of rodents thus repelling them in the most natural way without harming them.
According to the National Pesticide Information Center the red pepper is an effective deterrent for different types of pests that eat or damage trees, shrubs, and smaller plants. Moreover, it is effective against those pests that break into outbuildings and garbage cans such as rabbits, raccoons, skunks, rodents, deer, dogs, and cats.
When insect pests are concerned the red pepper spray or ground red pepper is very effective against aphids, lace bugs, spider mites, and cabbage maggots.As per the Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, this solution is a powerful organic treatment for numerous insect pests.
In addition to this, red pepper sprays prevent the appearance of flying insects that feed on the flowers, leaves and fruit.
Protect your plants by dusting ground red pepper, or cayenne pepper, around the base of plant stems fromcutworms, and cabbage maggots that feed on seedlings.
Each one of these plants shows high potency in the fight against pests, but when combined together they turn into a highly potent combo.
2 small squirts of eco-friendly dishwashing liquid
Start with peeling and separating the garlic cloves, and then along with the mint place them in a food processor. Blend for several seconds and after that transfer the resulting mixture into a pot filled with water. Include the cayenne pepper, and boil. After that, turn off the heat, and let the mix to stand till the following morning.
Strain the solution and then transfer it into spray bottles (or garden sprayer). Finally, add the dish soap, and start shaking it so that everything is mixed well.
Prior use, again shake the spray well, and on a cloudy day or early in the morning spray the plants. Make sure to spray leaves of the plants, on the top and on the other side. You can use it after several days once again, but in most cases, the positive effects are noticeable even after the first application.
Thanks to the use of this pesticide, after one month all your garden plants will be prosperous and healthy. Plus, it is safe for use and no one will get harmed by its use.