5 Simple Garden Pest Remedies
Phil and Bertha Lynn of Channel 7 (thedenverchannel.com) will demonstrate to the viewers of some simple recipes you can make with ingredients you may already have at home that will help with common garden pests! This is a much safer way than using chemical poisons! Examples will include a fungicide, a pesticide and a repellent.
Fungicide for Mildew and Black Spot
1 tsp. baking soda
1 litre water
1 tsp. soap flakes
Dissolve baking soda in 1 liter of warm water.
Add soap flakes to help solution cling to leaves. Remove infected leaves from plant, then spray top and bottom of remaining leaf surfaces to control spread of the disease.
Simple Soap Solution for Pests (use for aphids, spider mites and whiteflies)
2 Tbs. soap flakes
2 litre warm water
Dissolve soap flakes in water and apply directly to infested areas every 5-7 days. Note: Too much soap can cause burning on plants.
A repellent that you can safely spray directly onto plants, mix 2 cups of water with two spoonfuls of chili pepper or cayenne pepper in a spray bottle. Stir the powder and water, and also add a spoonful of liquid dish soap, which will help adhere the solution to plant leaves.