I like to garden, and that means I have to deal with insects that like to eat my garden. Being someone interested in sustainable living I really don’t like chemical solutions to my bug problem, additionally because of my bees – I cannot use pesticides without killing my bees.
After doing some research into a bee safe pesticide I found that a spray of Garlic will deter many of the pests eating my plants.
But I have some small fungal problems, and aphid problems so I decided to make a spray that had a few ingredients to deal with multiple problems at the same time.
To make this spray I simply bought the following:
- Denatured Alcohol
- Hot Peppers
- Spray Bottle
The procedure is pretty simple:
- Crush Garlic
- Mince Peppers
- Add both to a pot with a lid
- Boil in water until both the garlic and peppers are soft
- Process in a food mill (or alternatively liquefy in a blender
- You can strain this into a spray bottle and top off with denatured alcohol, but I dumped the entire mix in the sprayer and topped off with the alcohol. As I used the mix, I then was able to refill with alcohol, and get two more uses before the mix became too weak.
Since I have bees, I have to be careful when I spray. The mix won’t kill the bees, but I don’t want garlicy honey. Because of this I sprayed in the evenings, after the field bees went home for the night.
I had very good results with this mix, and I would love to hear your DIY garden mixes.