Besticide: How to make an organic insecticide using household ingredients

April 19th, 2018

Surely the reason for growing your own food and flowers is that you know the love and labour you’ve put in will manifest in nutritional value and beauty. Unfortunately, you’re not the only hungry being around – and the word is out that yours are the most succulent tomatoes and luscious roses around. Seemingly overnight, pests have snuck in and are devouring some of your plants. Knowing that some of these vegetables will soon be ready for harvesting, and in the hope that the ladybirds might be helping themselves to some aphids, a safe, organic remedy would be best to recommend. Gundula’s easy-to-make insecticide will help restore the balance. Watch.

TIPS FOR USING YOUR HOMEMADE INSECTICIDE:

  • This is a broad-spectrum insecticide. To prevent spraying other beneficial insects, spray only in the late afternoon or evening.
  • If used at two- or three-day intervals, it will get rid off aphids, mites, cutworm, scale, thrips, whitefly, red spider, caterpillars and moths, beetles and ants.
  • If you don’t have Tulbaghia in your garden, use fresh garlic which has antifungal and antibacterial properties too.
  • Use diluted on young, tender plants.
  • Do not spray on leguminous plants.
  • Observation is key in maintaining the health of your plants. Resort to the use of insecticides only when absolutely necessary and not as preventative measure.

 

Comments

  1. Peter says:

    great idea. will give it a try

  2. Laraine says:

    Thank you for the insecticide recipes. I live in the countryside in France and will be delighted to use your recipe this coming summer.
    My biggest problem is the “pyrale” on boxwoods. Have you any suggestions?
    I spent a wonderful day at Babylonstoren last year and it is a pleasure to have news from you. All the best
    Laraine

  3. Laraine says:

    Thank you for the insecticide recipes. I live in the countryside in France and will be delighted to use your recipe this coming summer.
    My biggest problem is the “pyrale” on boxwoods. Have you any suggestions?
    I spent a wonderful day at Babylonstoren last year and it is a pleasure to have news from you. All the best
    Laraine

    • Babylonstoren says:

      Hi Laraine, unfortunately we do not have any boxwood on the farm and therefore do not have experience on treating it. We hope this recipe might be of help. All the best to you as well! 🙂

  4. emily says:

    A most useful demonstration, thank you, Babylonstoren!

  5. Coreen says:

    Thanks so much, Gundula, will try on my roses

  6. Pippa says:

    Thank you for sharing this will definitely give it a go!!

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