Its no secret that I do not like chemical pesticides I think that they are unnecessary and do more damage than they do good. Below are some natural alternatives that you can make yourself.
I would recommend using a Ohuhu pump sprayer to apply anything that you spray in your garden the reason for this is they are the best sprayer I have ever found long lasting adjustable spray nozzle, directional spray (for getting under leaves) they are so tough they can be used to spray solvents and adhesives varnishes etc and the best part is they don’t cost much more than a run of the mill variety. the wands are different than most coming with double sprayers locking features and a number of additional misters.
I would always advise caution when spraying anything onto your plants, and recommend applying any new product to one plant first and wait to see if there is any adverse effects which can take up to one week to manifest.
|Castile Soap||Tobacco Spray For leaf and stem|
|78 ounces olive oil
6 ounces Coconut oil
6 ounces Palm oil
24 ounces Cold water
12 ounces Lye crystalsThis Recipe is for making actual soap and you will need to understand how its done. I’ve heard that this remedy works on “not so infested plants”
|2 parts Garlic
2 parts Onion
3 parts Tobacco
1 part Pine oil (aphids, whitefly)
2 parts Liquid detergent
Add the last two ingredients together and then add the remaining, add 30parts water and “steep” for four to six hours. Strain and your ready to spray your plants this is effective for insects that live on the surface i.e. Aphids, caterpillars, mildew and molds.
|Mild to severe Infestations (aphids, root borers etc)||Severe Infestations (really good for fungus gnats)|
|2 parts Neem oil
2 parts Liquid detergent
5 parts TobaccoMix the Neem and the detergent together and whisk until dirty white, add the rest whisk until light brown add 20 parts of water and steep for 6 to 12 hours do not strain , pour into a pot.
|5 parts Neem oil
5 parts Liquid DetergentMix and whisk until dirty white, add 10 parts water and whisk again.Dip the root ball and let soak for about 60 minutes then repot in clean medium.
|Spider Mites||Spider Mites 2|
|28 grams table salt
4.5 liters of water
Shake well and spray plants.
|2 cloves crushed garlic
1 liter waterSteep for 24 hours, strain do not dilute. Spray plants no more than twice in a week (works on scale, aphids and mites)
|1/2 gallon Water
1/4 teaspoon Eucalyptus oil or Mullein
1/2 teaspoon mild liquid detergent
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oilmix the ingredients together and shake well continue to shake while spraying.Make sure to coat all effected areas.
Icing sugarMix Equal parts, and put into a shallow container where the ants are a problem.WARNING: very poisonous keep away from pets and Children
|Aphis Killer (Aphid Family )||Mosaic virus disease|
|25 Grams of Bracken
1 Liter of waterSteep for 24 hours Strain and bottle use 1mil of concentrate per liter of water as a spray
|1 part Whole Milk
1 Part WaterMix together and Spray plants
|Powdery Mildew||Hot Pepper Spray|
|1 gallon Water
3 Tablespoons Baking soda
1 Tablespoon Bleach
1 Teaspoon Liquid SoapRemove most affected areas, mix the ingredients together and spray. Don’t over do the bleach, try not to soak un affected leaves and it could burn. don’t use in late flower
|6 hot peppers (hotter the better)
2 cups water
1 Liter Water put peppers and 2 cups water in a blender and mix at high speed for 2 minutes. strain though cheese cloth and let sit for up to a day.
Mix in with 1 liter of water and spray once every 2 weeks
Powder Mildew 2
Mix together and spray on the affected plants also works well as a preventative measure, anything you can do to make the surface of the plants leaves and stem unhospitable for the spore.