Monday, November 15, 2010

Organic pest control

Someone left a comment on one of my posts asking the question . . .
"how do I keep bugs from eating my basil?"

I'm an organic gardener and don't use chemicals in my garden, especially on herbs and vegetables. 

There are several recipes that I've used to control pests, but the one that is very simple . . . a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of water (do not use Dawn or any other grease cutting dishwashing liquid). You can also add a teaspoon of cooking oil to make it stick to the leaves of the plant.

Something else I have learned to do is spray the plant with plain water with the spray nozzle on the hose . . . the spray of water will knock the bugs off the plant.

Another remedy is to utilize beneficial insects, such as ladybugs . . . they can be purchased at organic gardening centers and widely available online.

The key is to keep the leaves clean and check your plants often.

Most of these practices are good for indoor gardening as well as outdoors.

Check out my website,, for lots of gardening pages.


Farah Muzaffar said...

Very interesting blogOrganic Gardening... Iam a lover of all type of home and kitchen remidiy supplies... its something great which you shares...


Gina Alfani said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Farah!

I love home and kitchen remedies too . . . there are too many chemicals that are used in food.

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Alida said...

We just moved to Belize and I am looking forward to starting a garden here. What great tips on fighting bugs! New follower here :-)

Danielle said...

I am not a good gardener at all, maybe I can get some tips here before the season comes again and I kill everything I've planted! lol! Thanks for linking up at my hop! Following you now.

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1grown2togo said...

I really needed this blog!! I love gardening but it doesn't like me..Following from the Psychedelic Sundays~~Hope you can hop back following you via GFC & emails

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you all for following . . . I'm following back!

Since it has been unusually cold here in Florida, I have been very down about gardening since everything is crispy from the freezing temps so early in the season.

Can't wait for Spring!


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