You worked hard to grow that garden this year, make sure your plants are protected with this incredibly simple homemade bug spray for plants!
Homemade Bug Spray for Plants
Since Spring finally decided to stop being on vacation and show up this year many are finally being able to plant those beautiful and yummy gardens! The only problem is that with this beautiful weather also comes another visitor-little buggies. These, of course, can be the most annoying and destructive aspect of planting a garden. If you’re a first-time gardener-they may push you over the edge a bit!
Trying to figure out what to spray on your garden to get rid of these pests can also be such a pain. Many, if not most, pesticides on the market today are filled with such harmful chemicals-it would completely defeat the purpose of planting your own garden! If you want tons of nasties on your food, you can hike yourself to the nearest big box store to pick them up. It would save you a ton of time and energy that’s for sure!
I hope to have a bigger garden someday soon, but because of our HOA, we are not allowed to have very much. I’m starting out small with some herbs in my flower boxes outback. Oh, what my pregnant cravings would give to have an entire backyard filled with watermelons! But until then, I am doing what I can to really give some TLC to the plants I do have.
After doing a bit of research (well, quite a bit of research actually) I found what I think is the best all-natural bug spray for your garden. It only has three ingredients, yet it seems to get rid of a wide variety of bugs from aphids to cabbage moths!
—Need a bug spray for yourself? Try this Homemade Bug Spray
Homemade Bug Spray For Plants
What You Need:
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 3 drops of dishwashing soap
Directions for Homemade Garden Spray
- Put the garlic through a garlic press.
- Toss in container with oil.
- Place in fridge for two-three days until you get a strong garlic smell.
- Once you have the smell strain out the oil and mix with 3 cups of water and the dishwashing soap.
- Spray on the entire plant at the FIRST sign of buggies!
Sooner or later you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor-literally! This bug spray for your garden seems incredibly simple but it’s actually very effective! While it won’t work on squash bugs (sorry!) it will work on a variety of other garden pests.
Looking for more gardening tips and tricks? Check out these articles:
- Small Vegetable Garden Ideas ~ Gardening in Small Spaces
- Starting Garden Plants From Seed; Growing Your Own Plant Starts
- Growing an Herb Garden
- Homemade Hand Scrub for Gardeners
- 10 Practical Tips for First Time Gardeners That You Need to Know
- 14 Simple Gardening Tips
- 5 Ways to Save Money Gardening
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Do you have a favorite garden spray? Have you ever made a homemade bug spray for plants? What kind of plants do you use it on?
This post with the Homemade Bug Spray for Plants was originally posted on Little House Living in June 2013. It has been updated as of March 2020.