Here are 4 natural garden remedies you can try this year. If you have any home remedies that you have found to be successful, please feel free to share them with us!
- Organic Pesticide Soap Spray
To make this spray, you’ll need 1 tsp liquid natural dishwashing liquid soap, 2 tsp vegetable oil and a spray bottle. Add dishwashing soap and vegetable oil to the spray bottle. Fill with water and shake. Spray the mix on unwanted pests.
- Vinegar Weed Spray
My husband and I used this spray last year around our garden pond and had great results. Vinegar is a cheap and almost everyone has it readily available in their homes. Mix dishwashing soap at a rate of one ounce per gallon of full strength vinegar. Spray the mix on the plant to destroy the protective coating. If you only use soap and water it will not kill the plant. The vinegar destroys the protective coating which leaves the weed vulnerable, eventually dying up until death. You can also try pouring your mix directly at the root of the plant. You can also try vinegar by itself, but make sure you have full strength vinegar. Remember that this spray will kill any plant you spray so make sure you spray only the ones you don’t want!
- Baking Soda Fungicide Spray
Another common household item that you can use in the garden is baking soda (plus it’s cheap!). You can sprinkle baking soda around the garden and on plants to deter cabbage worms and aphids. To make a spray mix 1 gallon of water, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. 1 tbsp. of baking soda and 1 tbsp. of natural dishwashing liquid soap. Spray on foliage of plants that are affected with mildew or fungus.
- Beer & Slugs
If you are having problems with slugs or snails, grab an old beer, a yogurt container (or any kind of tray that is deep enough for them to not be able to climb out of) and head to the garden. Sink the container into the ground so that the top of the container is level with the ground. Fill the container with beer. Drawn to the smell of the beer, these pests will get into the beer-filled container and will drown. Check the container daily to refill and eliminate the drowned pests.