Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mimi's Rose Gardening Tip #2 ~ Natural Insect Control

Okay, here's the best recipe for insect control for all of your flowers, including those beautiful roses we talked about yesterday.

I can guarantee you the bugs won't be happy with this mixture! Add it to a quart of water and spray directly onto the foliage:

5 Drops of Liquid Dish Detergent (not dishwashing detergent please)
5 drops of chewing tobacco juice (recipe below) ~ see there are good uses for tobacco!
2 drops of antiseptic mouthwash (Listerine - brown or original )
1/2 tsp of Thuricide Bacillus Thuringiensis, also called "BT" ~ this is a bonide
Organic spore which attacks insect larvae. Great for organic growers. Works for soil grown plants, so it's family and environmentally safe!

Here is the recipe you will need for the "Chewing Tobacco Juice":

To make this "juice" place 3 fingers of chewing tobacco in an old nylon stocking and stock in a gallon of hot water until the mixture is dark brown.

Note: You should use a separate 20 gallon hose-end sprayer and put the word "warning" on the jar with red marker or nail polish, then put an orange golf ball in there, this will work as an agitator and use this sprayer for applying pest controls only, don't use it for any other applications at all, only for "Insect Control" for any applications, i.e., lawn, flowers, gardens, etc.

You should be able to find Thuricide Bacillus Thuringiensis, also called "BT" at your local Home Garden Center, if not you can order it as I did from this website, Master Gardening, it comes in a concentrate form. As with any and all herbicides, the smaller the size the better, and store in a safe location away from your kids and any other inquisitive members of your family.

What's the tip for the day on Saturday?? Weed Control for your lawn! The ingredients will surprise you and cost a fraction of what the "weed & feed" bagged items from your local Home and Garden Center do! You will be amazed what the ingredients are to control weeds in your lawn!

Again, please share your comments, recipes you may have for "Natural or Organic Gardening" with us here!

Have a wonderful weekend. The next post will be on Saturday, just in time for the warm weather and help to get you started with beautifying your garden and lawn!
Don't forget about Friday Flea Market ~ Anything with pink on my website is 20% off and will end on Sunday, March 29th at 12 Midnight EST!

1 comment:

Maurise Gelman said...

We had a problem with bugs before that left a destructive effect on our plants. We tried chemical-based products for a while, but due to its harmful effects on our health and environment, we stopped it and opted for natural-based ones. We also added plants such as mint, marigold, lavender, citronella, catnip, etc for more support. Aside from preventing pests, they also served as beautiful accents to our garden.