Organic Pesticide For Vegetable Plants
Having a vegetable garden often means dealing with garden pests that appear and feed on the leaves and stems of vegetable plants. Gardeners have a variety of products available to combat these pests, but some of these contain chemicals that are toxic to wildlife and the environment. You may prefer organic products that do not have these detrimental effects. Some of these homemade organic pesticides for vegetable plants can be made with ingredients you may already have at home. The strong scent of garlic keeps certain pests from feeding on your vegetable plants. For this organic pesticide, combine 10 to 12 garlic cloves with 1 quart of water in a blender. After blending, allow the mixture to set for 24 hours. Then strain it through cheesecloth covering the opening of a glass jar and add 1 cup of cooking oil. This concentrated mixture can be stored for several weeks until ready to use. For an even more powerful homemade pesticide, add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper to the concentrated mixture and let it soak for another 24 hours before straining the liquid once again. When ready to use, dilute 1/2 cup of the liquid with 1 gallon of water.
Known for its ability to add spice and flavor to recipes, red pepper powder can also be used to create a homemade pesticide that is safe to use in vegetable gardens. Combine 1 tablespoon of red pepper powder, 6 drops of dish soap and 1 gallon of water and mix the ingredients thoroughly. Pour the red pepper mixture in a garden sprayer and thoroughly cover the vegetable plants with the spray. If needed, reapply the spray once a week to keep garden pests such as leafhoppers, spittlebugs, beetles and loopers off the plants.