Whatever you’re paying for high-priced garden solutions, it is far too much! Many concoctions can be made with ingredients you have in your pantry. Here are a few recipes I’ve found to be effective and can be made at home by any frugal gardener.
ROSE SPRAY-helps prevent diseases such as rust, blackspot, and powdery mildew.
- 1-tablespoon baking soda
- 1-teaspoon mild dishwashing detergent
- 1-tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 dissolved aspirin
- 1-gallon water
Mix together and pour into a spray bottles. Spray roses every 1-2 weeks.
DEER REPELLENT-will keep deer from nibbling plants for up to two weeks.
Blend and put through cheesecloth to remove lumps:
- 1 raw egg
Add and mix:
- 1-tablespoon Tabasco sauce
- 1-tablespoon fish emulsion
Some have said to put this in the sun for a few days but I’ve found it to be stinky and very effective straight from the kitchen.
MOLE REPELLENT-will send moles to another garden.
- 1-tablespoon castor oil
- 1-tablespoon dishwashing soap
- 1-tablespoon water
Mix with 2 gallons water and spray the ground where moles are uprooting your seedlings. Water in.
CUCUMBER BEETLE SPRAY-Kills and Repels
- 3-6 garlic cloves
- 6 small hot peppers or 1 Tbls. red pepper flakes
- 1 cup hot water
Soak overnight then mix in blender. Put through a sieve. Dilute with 3 more cups water and put in spray bottle. This is very strong! Be careful! For more on controlling cucumber beetles go to “Cucumber Beetles Back in Force“.
These homemade concoctions should be safe for the environment if used sparingly.