Now that I officially have green fingers (ok, so I don’t have green fingers…but I’m at least trying to get a green thumb), I’m thinking about pest control. It would be a shame to lose my wonderful fruits and veggies to little bugs. However, I despise conventional poisons, and refuse to use use them on my food, if at all possible.
So, I made a batch of homemade natural garlic pesticide. Did you know that garlic insecticides are good for pests such as ants, aphids, apple maggots, caterpillars, chinch bugs, codling moths, cutworms, earwigs, sowbugs, flies, grasshoppers, grubs, Japanese Beetles, leafhoppers, leafminers, loopers, mealybugs, mite, pysillids, scale, slug, snails, thrips, and whiteflies? Sounds good to me!
I used this on my last garden, and had NO pests. Seriously.
Recipe: Homemade Natural Garlic Pesticide
12 cloves garlic
1.5 cups water + 1 gallon water
Blend together the 12 cloves garlic and 1.5 cups water. Strain out the garlic pulp.
Pour the strained garlic water into a large container (large enough for at least a gallon). Add 4 quarts (1 gallon) of water. Shake to combine. Pour some into a spray bottle and spray your plants once a week to help ward off pests!
Here’s a video of how to do the process:
Store in a cool place for up to one month to ensure potency levels stay intact.