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Basic organic pesticide

Organic pesticideI have been using this basic organic pesticide in my garden, especially on my lemon tree, and it is working wonders. I know we both hate using these harsh chemical pesticides and with the help of Margret Roberts, I have been successful with this mix.

Take a bucket (I’m not quite there yet with this huge quantity) of basil or any pungent strong herb. Pour 1 to 2 buckets of boiling water over this and leave to draw and cool overnight. Next morning, strain this and add 1/2 cup grated Sunlight Soap (the dishwashing green bar) or Sunlight Soap powder – it is the pureset you can get with no added detergents. Mix well and then splash on plants.

I use a spray container and spray liberally and then rub it gently onto the infected leaves upside and underside of the leaves. You can also pour around plants and down ant holes. Evenings are usually the best time to spray the organic pesticide because all the good bugs (like the bees and the lady bugs) have gone to ‘bed’. Eventhough it is safe, I just take extra precautions.

Try it out – I am sure you will find it safe and effective!

Happy gardening xxxxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

7 replies on “Basic organic pesticide”

I found using garlic really worked well and ever since I planted the garlic cloves in between my miniature roses I haven’t seen a single ant or aphid anywhere near them. So spraying with garlic makes a lot of sense. I prefer the smell of Basil, so I’m going to give that a try. My poor Lemon Tree needs all the help it can get!

I use Sunlight ‘soap’ powder in the washing machine, as a compromise for the grey water. But if you read the small print, it does contain detergents and additives. Remember when we used to get those little diamond shaped Lux soapflakes for hand washing delicates?

I have heard of doing this with garlic… had no idea any herb could be used. I think I would prefer basil on a hot summer day over garlic. Thanks for the tip.

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