You have been explained on how to control pests naturally using different methods, here is the DIY Organic Pesticides that you can safely use on y our organic vegetables.
Natural and DIY organic pesticides not only keeps your family safe from poisoning but also gets rid of harmful critters which affect the crops.
Nothing like having a home garden to understand and appreciate the trials and tribulations of farmers who grow our food.
Don’t you think it would be quite an experience to put food on the table from our own home garden which are free from pesticides and conventional fertilizers?
In fact using the chemicals harm quite a lot of beneficial insects which otherwise act as our friends too.
Here are some homemade pesticides that use ingredients directly from your kitchen shelf, they will not only boost the resistance of your plants but also safeguard them from insects.
Oil Spray As Organic Insecticide
This insecticide made from neem or pungamia oil can have a devastating effect on troublesome insects, such as aphids, mites, thrips, etc.
To make this one needs to mix 1 cup of oil with 1 tablespoon of soap and shake thoroughly. When ready to apply, add 2 teaspoons of oil spray mix with 1 quarter of water, shake properly and spray directly on the surfaces of plants which are affected by insects. This oil coats the bodies of the insects and suffocates them as it blocks the pores through which they breathe.
Neem oil acts as a hormone disruptor and is a powerful natural insecticide which disputes the life cycle of insects at all stages. These are extracted from the seeds of the need tree which is biodegradable and also acts a natural fungicide that can combat any fungal infection affecting the plants.
You can buy a sprayer like the one below
Panchi Garden Pressure Sprayer Pump 1.5 Liters (Color May Vary)
Soap Spray As Organic Insecticide
To make this soap spray insecticide you need to mix 1 ½ teaspoons of a milk soap with 1 quart of water. This mixture can be sprayed directly on the infected surfaces of the plants and works in the same manner as an oil spray insecticide. You need to apply it in the evening or early mornings and not during the hot sunny part of the day.
Garlic Insecticide Spray
The pungency in garlic acts as a natural insecticide and helps to knock out insect infestations in the garden.
Take 2 whole clove and puree them in a blender by adding a small amount of water. The mixture needs to sit overnight.
Strain the liquid in a jar, add 1 teaspoon of liquid soap for a quarter of jar of the garlic liquid and add enough water to full the jar.
Chilli – Your Own Natural Insect Repellent
You can use fresh chillies or chilli powder for this.
Mix 1 tablespoon of chilli powder with 1 litre of water and few drops of mild liquid soap.
To prepare chilly spray from fresh chilli peppers blend 1/2 cup of peppers with 1 cup of water. Bring it to boil by adding 1 litre of water; once cooled strain out, add a few drops of liquid soap and spray as desired.
Mixed Organic Insecticide Spray
Take a couple of cloves of garlic, one small onion and 1 teaspoon of chilli powder, puree it with some water. Let it steep for an hour.
Strain and add 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, make the solution to 1 litre by adding more water. To get better results you should spray this on the upper surface of the leaves as well as the undersides too.
Tomato Leaf As A Natural Insecticide
Tomato plants contain alkaloids which is a natural insecticide which can control aphids and other insects. Chop 2 cups of fresh tomato leaves into 1 litre of water and leave it overnight. Strain and start spraying onto plant foliage.
Your growing your own vegetables journey is half way through, all details from how to start an organic vegetable garden to how to choose your veggies and designing the terrace garden and even the time of sowing chart are being explained in detail.
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