HomeMade Pesticides

Post in 'The Green Room' started by katwillny, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. katwillny

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    Hey all,

    Im finding a lot of little bugs in the garden which eat the leaves of the potatoes and legumes. I noticed today that some of the tomatoes are turning yellow and on a few i found small holes as if something is eating them from the bottom. Its mainly the ones closest to the soil. Any suggestion on how i can rid of these bugs without going all out and using pesticides? Id hate to put any commercial or chemicals on stuff we are going to consume. thanks. all.
     

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  2. Delta-T

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    tomatoes are usually pretty resistant to things. I'm not sure about all the bugs, but I use a homemade bug killer on scarab beetles/japanese beetles that works in about 1 minute.

    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon dish soap
    1 bunch of chopped up tomatoe leaves
    1 bunch chopped up catmint leaves (I'd guess just about any mint type would work, we grow catmint)

    mix all up, put in sprayer, squirt on bugs directly. I had read that only really voracious infestations can impact tomatoes because their leaves are toxic to most bug (I dunno, but I read it) and I know mint is used in various horticultural oils for pest controls so I figured it couldn't hurt. seems to work pretty good...at least on beetles. good luck
     
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  3. fishingpol

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    Not home made, but I really like a product called k+ Neem. It has the oil of the Neem tree, and is all organic. I use it on the rose bushes and clematis that get aphids and works well. I have the spray bottle and it has lasted 2 seasons so far. I picked it up at a box store.


    http://www.arborgrow.com/neem.cfm
     
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  4. Normande

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    Hydrated lime, good for the soil, hell on bugs, will also help with yellowing on th tomatoes, as they are heavy users of calcium
     
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    Bug juice: collect some of the afflicting bugs.
    Blend (in blender)
    Add water, blend again
    Pour Bug Juice in sprayer bottle
    Spray on afflicted plants.
    Works with any type of garden bug.
     
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    And it makes a dandy cocktail too. Just add rum and a sprig of mint! :p
     
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    Mmmmm...Japanese beetle Mojito.
     
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    Back in the day (1960's - 1970's), when we put to sea on a Navy ship, we'd have nice fresh milk for oh...maybe 6 days or so, if we were lucky. After that, it was all "Bug Juice" (military issue Kool-Aid) until we got replenished or pulled into a port someplace. I'm sure that if it didn't kill a bug outright, it would convince the bug to relocate his family. ;lol Rick
     
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    You didn't have the box-o-milk stuff back then. Ahhh...probably not, I don't think the box had been invented yet. ;lol

    ***Ducks and runs***
     
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    Does it work with vertebrates?

    I'm going to need a bigger blender.
     
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    Oh yeah, we had that stuff. After the fresh milk was gone and the Bug Juice came out, there were always the little cartons of "milk" with straws attached. I dunno...anything labeled as milk that says there's no need for refrigeration never really earned my confidence. :rolleyes:
     
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    It was a bit scary at first, but it never did kill me (yet).

    Heck - I would bet that stuff would work as pesticide.;lol
     
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  13. katwillny

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    Bugito instead of Mojito. sounds like a cuban drink. lol.
     

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