Organic DIY Remedies


When you see insects in your garden, take the time to really watch what they’re doing. Are they actually destroying the plant or just nibbling at it a bit? Many plants can outgrow minor damage. Also, in many cases, insects attack stressed out plants.  Encourage the natural predators (beneficial insects/creatures such as the common ladybug, frogs, birds and lizards.
Horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps and garlic and/or hot pepper sprays also work well against many pests.

Soft-bodied insects (mites, aphids, mealy bugs): Mix one teaspoon
cooking oil and a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a litre of water. Shake
well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray plant from above down, and
from below up to get the underside of the leaves.
The oil smothers the insects.

Mites and other insects: Mix one tablespoons of hot pepper sauce
or cayenne pepper with a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a litre of water.
Let stand overnight, then stir and pour into a spray bottle and apply
as above. Shake container frequently during application.

Fungal diseases:  Mix two teaspoons of baking soda into a litre of water.  Pour into spray container and spray affected areas.  Repeat this process every few days until the problem ceases.

Powdery Mildew:  Mix equal parts milk and water and spray on infected plants. Three treatments a week apart should control the disease.

Insects and fungal diseases:  Combine one teaspoon of cooking oil, two teaspoons of baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a litre of water.  Pour into a spray container and apply as above.

Insects on fruit trees:  Lime sulphur can be sprayed of the trunk and branches of dormant fruit trees.  This mixture will suffocate insect egg cases.  Because the mixture is quiet heavy, a pump sprayer will be needed.  Use this method only when the tree is dormant or it could kill the tree.  A less toxic method is to make your own.  Mix 1 cup vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid into 4 litres of water.  Mix the soap and oil first then add the water.  Shake often during use.

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