Begone bugs

Back when I posted “Garden Despair“, I was really freaking out about all those bugs. And can you blame me? I mean, they were legion and I was one, and I had never had to deal with an invasion on that scale. In past years I’ve just planted enough to share with everyone, and never had to spray.

But in the days since, I’ve come to grips with the situation. I’ve come to realize there are things I can do to fight back without going all nuclear on the plants. There are a ton of organic pesticide recipes online that you can make at home in your own kitchen with edible ingredients. They all seem to revolve around a few central ingredients: chilis, garlic, mint, dishsoap, oil, and sometimes other things like eggs. The basic premise is that you make the plants taste yucky to the pests that are munching on them. The dishwashing liquid and/or oil are to make the solutions stick, I think.

Pros: cheap, organic, nothing to be afraid of. Cons: you need to reapply every time it rains. And if your deer happen to be big fans of kimchee, it won’t work.

I smooshed a head and a half of garlic, which yielded about 1/2 cup. I poured in 1/2 cup of sriracha because I didn’t have any chilis of my own to boil, and added 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid soap. I added about a gallon or maybe 3/4 gallon water and let it sit in the hot sun for two days.

When I filtered it, the whole house smelled distractingly of delicious Korean food.

I sprayed it on plants until my hands were sore today. I know it’s plenty strong because I accidentally got a whiff and had to cough – the question is, will the bugs think so too?

Plans for next year include planting Scotch Bonnet or HabaƱero peppers for just this purpose, along with Dalmation or Persian Chrysanthemums (whose blossoms you can dry and boil for their natural insecticide pyrethrum).

One Response to “Begone bugs”

  1. Rose Says:

    You rock!

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