Bug Spray for gardens

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 17-06-2010

OK, So normally I would pick all the bugs off the plants, but this time I decided to look up easy to make bug spray for a garden.   There are so many out there, but I am trying a combo of two recipies.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.

The first one is
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Hot Pepper sauce (the hotter the better)
1/8 tsp Liquid Soap

The other one is
1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap per gallon of water

I combined the two and we will see how it does
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 TBS Hot Pepper Sauce(I only had texas pete hot sauce)
1 TBS Liquid dish soap
1 gallon of water

I just sprayed it on the leaves and I hope I don’t end up killing my plants, I’ll let you guys know how it went.

Here are some links to places with recipies for bug spray for the garden
http://www.gardenersnet.com/spray.htm
http://www.howtogardenadvice.com/challenges/organic_insect_control.html
http://my.gardenguides.com/forums/topic/44161

The folloing is from a post at this site

add a couple teaspoons of lemon juice to the water oil and soap.

apply the 2 batches to different sides of the garden, see which one works better for you. The lemon juice seems to break the oil into smaller particles, lets it flow better or helps it to give a finer coating to the plants. Whatever the reason, I’ve tried the 2 batch test, and the little bit of lemon juice works better.

Other potions to try:
toss some rosemary in the blender with some water, then run the blend through a strainer, an old sock works just fine. Spray it on yourself. It might not do much for picking up chicks, but the mosquitos will leave you alone.

Garlic and water in a blender, strain it, spray it directly on plants. The garlic produces an enzyme called allicin when it is crushed. The allicin has antibiotic properties. Spraying it on your plants helps knock down bacterial diseases, molds, and mildews. It drives off some bugs, and surely helps keep the rabbits at bay.

Tomato leaves and water in the blender. Spray directly on plants, helps to drive off insects, sees to work well on aphids. Has a strong odor to it.

Herbs in a blender work much the same way as the tomato leaves. The strong odor is not the only thing that drives off the bugs. Some bugs will have a reaction with some plant teas. Basil has some strong acids in it that are water soluble. The acids come out in the tea. Oregano should be tried as well.

Most of these teas are made more potent by using hot water in the blender. Be sure to let it cool before spraying your plants.
Be sure to filter the tea. It’s not a problem for your plants, the problem is in clogging the nozzle of your sprayer.

OK! So I had read somewhere that vinegar can kill plants, But I thought that was if you watered with it,  I post to a homestedading site I joined what I was doing and got an e-mail back that not only will vinegar kill the plant but using Apple Cider Vinegar can even attract bugs.  I guess tonight when I water the garden,  I will spray them down extra well and try something else.

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