Pest attack is the worst nightmare of every gardener. To protect your plants from insects and pests, you might consider using a chemical pesticide that you can pick up from any garden supply store. However, chemical pesticides and insecticides could pollute your garden soil and water. Given the large number of benefits of organic gardening methods, instead of using a chemical pesticide, you can opt for an organic pesticide. Moreover, you can easily prepare organic pesticide with your pantry products.
Here are some organic pesticide recipes that you can make at home.
Mix two tablespoons of salt in a gallon of water. Spray this saline solution on your plant. This is particularly efficient in killing spider mites and cabbageworms.
Garlic is a natural pesticide and insecticide. To save your plants from insect attack, you can consider planting a row of garlic bulbs in between your other plants. You can also prepare a natural pesticide with garlic. Take a garlic bulb and blend it in a blender to make a smooth paste. Now soak this garlic paste in two teaspoons of liquid paraffin for an entire day. Add a quarter cup of liquid dishwashing detergent and about a liter of water. Mix the ingredients well. Spray this insecticide on your plants to kill bugs such as slugs and whiteflies.
To kill mildew, spray milk diluted with water on your plants. This works especially for removing mildews from cucumber and vegetables of the squash family.
Onion can also be used for removing bugs and pests. You can add onion paste to your garlic insecticide recipe. You can also make a pesticide by mixing the paste of a large sized onion with a liter of water. Onion pesticide could keep beetles away from your plant. To make your bug repellent stronger, add two tablespoons of mint leaves paste to the onion insecticide.
To kill caterpillars, aphids, fungus, beetles and a host of other pests, spray neem oil on your plants.
Add two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder to a liter of water. This insecticide keeps bugs and even rabbits and squirrels away from your garden.