Thursday, March 19, 2015


Please enjoy my final installment of Organic Pest Control.  We're getting ready for SPRING and a GIVEAWAY tomorrow!  Stop by after midnight to enter!
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March 19, 2015
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Organic Pest Control
Part 3  

We started off with
then we shared
Companion Planting in Part 2


In 2007 it was estimated that there are over 3 billion pounds of poisons and insecticides manufactured in the United State each year
for home and garden use.

Pesticide use in agriculture is down slightly, from 948 million pounds in 2000 to 877 million pounds in 2007. But that's only about 1% per year, and still close to a billion pounds of toxic chemicals intentionally introduced into the environment and our food supply each year.
These are a major threat to groundwater in every state and the problem keeps growing! It's also a major health concern.

More than 3.4 million people suffer from medically related side effects from the use of pesticides. Some of the immediate side effects include dizziness, nausea, headaches, low energy and loss of memory. Tests and research has proven that many forms of cancer are caused by 65% of all the pesticides.  

The herbicide glyphosate has more than doubled in use, from 85-90 million pounds in 2001 to 180-185 million pounds in 2007. According to a report from the Organic Center, this increase is likely a reflection of the rising popularity of Monsanto's RoundUp Ready genetically modified crops. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient of RoundUp.)

Today we have a few
DIY Recipes for Organic Pest Control

Organic Insecticidal Soap Spray
Option 1:
Add 1 tablespoon organic liquid castile soap
*I prefer Dr. Bronner's* to a spray bottle.  Fill with water and use on your garden every other day or as needed on "bad bugs"
Option 2:
Chop, grind, or liquefy one garlic bulb and one small onion.  
Add 1 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper and mix with 1 quart of water.  
Steep 1 hour, strain through cheesecloth, then add 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap (I use Organic Dr. Bronner's) to the strained liquid; mix well.  
Spray your plants thoroughly, including leaf undersides.  
Store the mixture for up to 1 week in a labeled, covered container in the refrigerator.  

As we have said in previous articles:
Be careful of where and how you use these recipes.  Even organic pest control options can work on "good bugs" as well as "bad bugs."

Spray to Control Nematodes
Nematodes are tiny parasitic worms that live in your soil. If you've ever grown tomatoes and found that the leaves were beginning to yellow and fall off the plant, then you have a nematode problem. While some nematodes are actually good for your garden, most are not. This mixture can also be used to spray on your plants to control grasshoppers and caterpillars.
3 tablespoons of organic molasses
4 cups of water

Mix the molasses and water in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Use warm water to help the molasses dissolve better.
Spray the "Molasses Tea" on your soil around your plants every couple of days to keep the nematodes away.

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we'd like to do our part to Save the Bees and Butterflies!
From NOW thru March 31st we will include a FREE Pack of Bee-Friendly seeds with EVERY order.
*$10 order minimum*
Most orders placed Monday thru Thursday
ship within 24 hours (except for holidays).

NEW Varieties added this week
Long Island Cheese Pumpkin

Yellow Scallop Squash

NEW Milkweed Varieties

Asclepias Incarnata White

Recent Articles:
A World Without BEES

Ancient Seeds
For more NEW varieties and complete descriptions, check out our recent blog articles:
So Many NEW Heirloom Seed Varieties...Where do I Start?
So Many NEW Organic Wildflower Varieties...Plant for the Pollinators!

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply to emails within a few hours. 
Thank you and have a wonderful SPRING weekend!

Happy Planting,

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