Having your very own Survival Gardening is fun and at the same time a genius way to make sure that you will always have food at your table in case emergency food crisis occurs. But sometimes the fun in growing and maintaining a survival garden can be sucked away by the presence of different garden pests that tries to crawl, fly, and feast on our plants once they start to grow. Garden pests go hand in hand with gardening. Expect to have pests once you till your soil. But, that does not mean that we can’t do anything to control these pests from attacking our plants. There are many types of pesticides that are being sold in the market that we can use. But if we want our survival garden to stay as safe, fresh and organic as possible, then, using chemical pesticides to get rid of the these pests in our survival garden is a big NO- NO! Instead, we can make our own “ORGANIC PESTICIDES” and do simple D.I.Y solutions using the different materials, plants and organic matters that can be found in our backyards.
Here are 15 of the best D.I.Y. Organic Pesticides That We Can Use.
Bugs juice to kill bugs. Well, it may sound unbelievable and at the same time grouse, but hey it works! Just go in your garden and collect any garden pests, bugs, snails, and grubs that you can find. Dunk them all in the blender. Pour in some fresh water. Shut the lid cover and switch it on. Once finished, get your strainer and strain your bug juice shake. Next, get your empty spray bottle. Fill it up with water then add a small amount of your bug juice. Shake your spray bottle with the water and bug juice. Now you have a very effective bug spray to fight those garden pests in your garden. Just spray your bug juice and water solution into your plants particularly on the leaves and those garden pests will disappear like magic.
Maybe some garden pests are lactose intolerant. As in this case, milk can be used as garden pest deterring agent. When you have a mildew problem on your garden plants, most specially your peas, cucumber and pumpkin leaves, milk can solve that problem for you. Just add equal parts of milk and water in a bottle sprayer and spray your plants until the mildew is under control. For better success, cut off the affected leaves of your plants to avoid the mildew from spreading out. Never water your plants at night. Just in the morning.
You can get rid of those cabbage moths and grubs by using vinegar solution spray. Just mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water then add a tea spoon of detergent. Shake well and spray it on your plant leaves. If you have molasses at your disposal, then add them also to your mixture for a much better effect.
In an air tight bottle, mix together a table spoon of dish washing detergent and a cup of your vegetable oil. After mixing, seal tight your bottle and store it in a safe place away from the reach of children. When your garden is infested with garden pests, just mix 2-3 table spoon of your mixed brew to a cup of water in a water sprayer then spray it on your plants.
Chili pepper spray solution is one of the most effective organic sprays that can be used against garden pests. This solution when properly done, acts as a poison to garden pests including caterpillars. Mix fresh chilies with water and add pure soap. After mixing, strain it and pour it into a spraying bottle and spray it to your plants.
With its very pungent smell, wormwood spray is very effective against soft bodied insects. It can also repel ants, flies, house moths and even snakes. Just boil wormwood leaves in water for a couple of hours. After boiling, transfer it in your spraying bottle and generously spray it to your plants.
Very easy to do even a 5 year old child can do it, pure soap spray solution is very effective and it can act as a natural insecticide. When soap is mixed with water and used as a spray against garden pests, it will break down the pests exoskeleton. The insects will then in turn die from dehydration.
Boil 3 hot chilies with 5 garlic cloves in 2 liters of water. After boiling, leave it overnight. This solution can be used to all garden plants for garden pest control.
Mix 10 garlic gloves together with 3 small chilies. Add 3 medium onions and boil it in a liter of water. After about 10 minutes of boiling, reduce your fire then simmer it again for another 10 minutes. After simmering, leave it to cool overnight. When cooled, add 2 table spoon of milk. Store it in air tight jars and label it. When you want to use it, just dilute 1 cup of your mixture to 9 liters of water. Spray it all over your garden to kill off the garden pests.
In 3 liters of water, boil a kilogram of rhubarb leaves for an hour or so. Then, add a little soap. When your rhubarb spray solution has cooled down, place them in air tight jars. Keep it away from children because it can be harmful to humans once it gets in contact with the skin. Just dilute equal parts of your solution and water when you want to use it as bug spray in your garden.
Having predator insects in our garden can sometime do more good than harm in our garden. A single predator insect can consume a thousand insects that are destructive to our plants in their lifetime. So when you see a spider or a praying mantis in your garden, do not squish them. Instead let them be because this insects keeps the population of other insects in your garden in check and also they eat those irritating and destructive garden pests.
12. SLUG BEER TRAP
Slugs love beer so much that for them it’s a drink to die for, LITERALLY! To set up a slug beer trap, all you need is a container for the beer that you will use. An old ball, cups, and bowls will do. Bury your chosen container just until it is the same level with the soil. Next fill your container with beer and leave it in your garden. When the slugs come for the beer, they will get stuck into the container and the slugs will drown in the process.
13. BAGGING FRUIT
Fruit bearing trees are prone to diseases and insect attacks. To control this, all you need are Ziplocs that are big enough for matured fruits to fit inside. To use, staple the Ziplocs around the fruits of your tree when the fruits are just the size of a quarter. Then, put holes at the bottom and lower corners of the Ziplocs for drainage.
14. HOT PEPPER SPRAY
A cup of the hottest peppers that you can find mixed in a blender with 2 cups of water equals the best organic insecticide in the world. Just put the mixture in a spraying bottle and spray it to your plants to kill destructive insects such as spider mites, aphids, and mealy bugs.
15. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
Just like the soap and water mixture, isopropyl alcohol also kills insects by drying out the waxy layer coverings of the insects. To apply isopropyl alcohol to your plants, just soak some cotton swabs into the alcohol. After it is soaked, use the cotton swab to wipe the affected area of the plant. Simple yet effective!
You can also read: THE TOP 7 HERBS & VEGGIES FOR A SURVIVAL GARDEN
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