Earth Day is April 22, and I will be doing some posts with that theme in mind this month.
Many natural mixtures work just as effectively as chemicals in deterring pests and preventing diseases in the garden. Over the years, I have found several recipes that work very well.
Mix one part milk to ten parts water. Use as a fungal preventative or to treat small areas.
Slug and Snail Control
Pour beer in a shallow container and bury into the ground up to the rim, leaving the rim above ground about 1/2 to 3/4 inch above the soil. The slugs/snails are attracted to the beer, fall in, and drown.
Spider Mite Control
Mix 3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid with 1 gallon water. Spray on affected areas. If necessary, reapply every 5 to 6 days.
General Pest Deterrent
- Garlic Fire Spray - 2 to 3 garlic bulbs, 6 large hot chili peppers or 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot chili powder, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 3 squirts of dishwashing liquid, and 7 cups of water. Mix all the ingredients in the blender with only some of the water. Strain through a cheesecloth, and add the remaining water. Pour some into a spray bottle and store the remaining mixture in jars.
- Mix one cup of tomato plant leaves with two cups of water in a blender. Let soak overnight, then strain through cheesecloth. Spray on plants.
Deer and Rabbit Deterrents
Mix blood meal with a bit of compost or organic soil and spread around plants.
Oregon State University
I am hosting the Earth Day Reading Project blog meme again this year to celebrate Earth Day. The Earth Day Reading Project is a month long blog meme where bloggers are asked to share in a post what books:
- inspired them to live or garden more sustainably - or -
- inspire their love of nature
and then post it to the meme. If you would like to join in, click the image below:
The rules state that I am to answer 10 questions and nominate 10 bloggers for the award.
1. What is your favorite color? - green -
2. What is your favorite animal? - cat -
3. What is your favorite number? - nine -
4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? - hot cocoa -
5. What is your favorite - Facebook or Twitter? - um...Google+ -
6. What is your passion? - gardening -
7. Do you prefer giving or receiving presents? - I am better at giving, but I am trying to create more balance. So, I'll say both.
8. What is your favorite pattern? - paisley -
9. What is your favorite day of the week? - Friday -
10. What is your favorite flower? - This changes from year to year, so I will list some of them. gladiolus, hydrangea, coneflower (echinacea), geranium, gerbera daisy -
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