Organic pesticide: Garlic Chilli spray
8-10 chillies finely sliced
4 cloves garlic crushed and cut roughly
1 Tablespoon soap flakes
1 Litre boiling water
Combine in a glass jar and set aside for 24 hours. Strain and pour into a spray bottle.
Use within 2 weeks
Ant rid – the organic way
Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 – 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Spray the area you don’t want the ants to cross and they won’t. They hate the smell. * Can be harmful to cats
Organic fungicide: Milk Spray
For control of Black spot and powdery mildew
One part full cream milk, to 10 parts water. Spray young growth as it appears at least once every 10 days or weekly if required.
To control aphid: Only use chemicals as a last resort!!
The simplest way to get rid of aphids is to blast them off with a strong jet of water. Or just squeeze them off with your fingers. Other “safe” alternatives are home made soap or oil sprays. Soap sprays will kill aphids fairly quickly and can be washed off the plant to reduce the risk of any damage to the plant. This can be repeated every 4-5 days if heavily infested.
Soap sprays vary but the simplest recipe is water and 2-3% washing up detergent
Shop bought “Eco-oil” will smother the aphids so they can’t breath and damage their protective body coverings, this combined with “Eco-neem oil” are great all round coverage for most insects.
Both products and other great certified organic alternatives (like Backyard Buddies) can be found through Eco Organic Garden. Visit their website at:
www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au or call 1800 634 204.
That’s all from Organic Girl…the girl making Chemicals a four letter word!
Keep Happy, Aim high!!!