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Top 5 Natural Pesticide recipes from your vegetable garden

Pests quickly become acclimatized to a particular smell or taste so use one of these remedies for a week and then switch to another.

 

1.Potato leaf tea  is a general pesticide to deter all pests.

   1 cup leaves and 2 cups water.

   Chop the leaves and cover with boiling water. Leave in the sun for a few days,

   strain and spray as required.

                      

2. Garlic, chilli and onion spray for thrips, aphids, grasshoppers, chewing bugs.

     2 chillies, 1 whole garlic bulb, 1 onion and ¼ cup of water.

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Top 5 natural pesticide recipes from your kitchen

1. Table Salt Spray for spider mites, catterpillars, cabbage worms and chewing insects. 2 T salt dissolved in 4 L water and a dash of liquid soap.

2. Epsom Salts Spray for Black Spot. Rust, Wilt and Mildew. 2 T epsom salt dissolved in 4 L water and a dash of liquid soap.

3. Beer slug and snail bait. Place a saucer of beer in areas of infestation. They slugs and snails are attracted to the smell and drown in the beer.

4. Milk and water spray for powdery mildew. 1 cup milk and 1 cup water and dash liquid soap. Spray weekly.

Top 5 tips for creating an indigenous bird and wildlife friendly garden

  1. The most important consideration is to refrain from using any commercial pesticides. Research environmentally friendly ways of deterring those critters that eat your plants but do remember that they are the food for the birds that you want to entice into your space.
  2. Create an exclusion area where you spend little time and allow nature to take its course. Do leave a log to decay and provide insect food. If you position this area so that it is visible from your patio you will have a bird’s eye view of the visitors to your garden.
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