Pest Control

Something is eating my cabbage and chewing holes in my beans and okra. Rather than buying organic pesticides, which can be a bit spendy, I’m raiding my pantry and creating my own.

I’m not completely sure what is eating my cabbage. It could be cabbage loopers or aphids so I am taking a two pronged approach.

The recipes below I found at http://www.finegardening.com.

Red Pepper Spray
In a gallon of water, mix 2 tablespoons of red-pepper powder and 6 drops of liquid soap. Let it sit overnight, and stir until well mixed. Transfer into a spray bottle and spray weekly on the tops and bottoms of the leaves shaking well before each use.
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Your broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts should all be protected from destructive insects like cucumber beetles, spittlebugs, leafhoppers and cabbage loopers.

UPDATE
To ensure that your spray nozzle doesn’t get clogged, run the pepper solution through a mesh colander or a piece of cheesecloth before using.

Now for the aphids.

Herb-icide
Handful of fresh basil, rosemary and mint leaves with stems
1/2 gallon of water
1/8 tsp dish soap

Crush herbs slightly and stuff them in a jug that is at least 1/2 gallon. If you have cheesecloth or something like it, you can put the herbs in there. It will make it easier to remove the herbs after the spray is ready. I didn’t have any, so I will have to strain the liquid before using. Really you can use any herb trimmings you have, the stronger the scent the better.

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Fill the jug with water, cover and set it in the sun for a few days. Strain the solids from the mixture and store the liquid in a container until it’s needed.. When you you see your plants are being attacked, pour the herbal brew into a spray bottle, add 1/8 teaspoon of liquid soap, shake well and spray away.

I’m hoping this will work. I’m also hoping that sprinkling garlic powder on the beans, carrots, cabbage and lettuce will keep the rabbits away…we’ll see.

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