Hot peppers and garlic work very well in sprays that we use for pest control in the garden. I think that organic (natural) pest control is the future. Here’s the recipe for a shot of our spicy solution.
HOT BUG BREW
3 hot green peppers
3 medium cloves of garlic
1 small onion
1tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
3 cups of water
Puree the peppers, garlic, and onion in a blender. Pour the puree into a jar, and add the dishwashing liquid and water. Let stand for 24 hours. Strain out the pulp with cheesecloth or pantyhose. Use a hand-held sprayer to apply the remaining liquid to bug-infested bulbs and perennials. And,
The dishwashing liquid smothers sucking insects and the garlic-hot peppers mix repels chewing pests. The only disadvantage is that the mix will wash off in rainy weather and will need reapplication.
I spray this on my fruit trees, vegetables and roses when the gypsy moth caterpillars invade. It also works well for Japanese beetles and anything else that chews up the foliage. I’ve also found that this spray keeps rodents away as well. This is reapplied after rain or anytime I water the garden.
My favorite aphid fighter is a citrus spray; one of my worst pest problems has been aphids:
1 pint of boiling water
the rind from one lemon
Steep the peel in water and then strain before pouring into a spray bottle. I sprayed my roses just once last summer and didn’t have a problem for the rest of the season.
2 cloves of garlic
2 small onions
1 jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. of chili powder
1 qt. of warm water
Chop the garlic, onions, and jalapeno pepper finely, then combine with all of the remaining ingredients. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, then sprinkle iton any areas where dogs are a problem.
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Yours truly for a great garden with outstanding berries, veggies, and flowers.
Polly, organic grower