Before we get started with Part 3.... Organic Pest Control Part 1
was about using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. We have been educating
about and offering DE for almost 2 years now. It is very important to
read and follow the directions clearly. Here's Our Videos for more info. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.
with any form of organic growing, not every method works for everyone.
THIS is why we offer a multi-part series for organic pest control.
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.
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
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
**Please remember that some (not all) organic sprays can harm beneficial insects. Just be cautious**
Organic Insecticidal Soap Spray
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"
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.
1 hour, strain through cheesecloth, then add 1 tablespoon of liquid
dish soap (I use Organic Dr. Bronner's) to the strained liquid; mix
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:
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
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.
Ingredients 3 tablespoons of organic molasses
4 cups of water
Instructions 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.
NEEM Oil Spray
recipe is for edible vegetables and fruit, but be sure to wash all
produce before cooking/eating (you can also use this on non-edibles
1 teaspoon of natural liquid soap (preferably organic like Dr. Bronners etc).
2 quarts of warm water
all ingredients in a jug, then transfer to the spray bottle. This
homemade pesticide works best when used fresh, so use within 24 hour of
mixing it up.
**Works on MITES, Aphids, Mealybugs, Scales, Whitefly and more***
We've added Organic Neem Oil at Mary's Heirloom Seeds to help you grow a healthy, organic garden!
About Neem Oil
oil with numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use.
Among other properties, this oil is anti-septic, anti-viral,
anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Used widely in creams, dental
products, hair care products, and in gardens for natural pest control.
Can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care
preparations that are designed specifically to treat problematic skin
conditions. Our Neem oil is cold pressed from whole Neem tree nuts.
The oil has a half life of three to 22 days in soil but only 45
minutes to four days in water. It is nearly non-toxic to birds, fish,
bees and wildlife, and studies have shown no cancer or other disease
causing results from its use. This makes neem oil very safe to use if
Neem oil fungicide is useful against fungi, mildews and rusts when applied in a 1 percent solution.
neem oil only in indirect light or in the evening to avoid the product
burning foliage and allow the preparation to seep into the plant.
Also, do not use neem oil in extreme temperatures, either too hot or
too cold. Avoid application to plants that are stressed due to drought
or over watering.
has been concern about the use of neem oil and bees. Most studies
specify that if neem oil is used inappropriately, and in massive
quantities, it can cause harm to small hives, but has no effect on
medium to large hives. Additionally, since neem oil insecticide does not
target bugs that do not chew on leaves, most beneficial insects,
like butterflies and ladybugs, are considered safe.