Aphids and other leaf eating pests are now my number one nemesis in the garden. The ugly fence pretty much took care of my past rabbit issues. Normally I stock my garden with marigolds and other plants that attract beneficial insects that eat the aphids. That has worked really well in the past. But my finances are not allowing me to go out and purchase anything extra for my garden this year. I’m quite sad about it because I realized that the marigolds are what spared my exposed sunflowers from the rabbits too.
However, I’m not giving up my garden to the aphids. No ma’am/sir. I’m a fighter and will not give up my hard earned food to the little buggies that easy. This year I am exclusively using a homemade spray to keep off the aphids and other leaf eaters. Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients and Instructions:
7 cups filtered water
2-3 Tbsp dishwash liquid
3/4 cup olive oil (original recipe calls for canola but I am not putting that GM crap on my food!)
3-4 cloves of garlic, sliced or minced
1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
Put all ingredients into a half gallon container. Shake well and leave on counter for 24 hours to allow the garlic and pepper to permeate the liquid. Shake periodically. After 24 hours, mix well and place liquid in a spray bottle.
Directions for use:
Lightly mist the tops and ESPECIALLY the undersides of all the leaves in the garden. The aphids hide on the underside of leaves for protection from the sun and rain. So if you don’t spray there you might as well not even bother. Also, you will need to respray after each rain and watering as the residual will get washed away. Oh . . . and because it has garlic in it, do not use around green beans or other plants that do not grow well near or around garlic.
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