Garlic isn’t just for cooking! How about using garlic in your garden as a spray? The sulfur compounds in garlic help to repel pests. Allicin (another compound found in garlic) manages to confuse bugs by messing with their sensory receptors. A double whammy win!
I like knowing what I’m spraying on the food my family will eat, so what could be better than making our own pest control? This is a recipe I have never used and in this first video, I will show you how to make this simple spray.
As the gardening festivities begin and the bug buffet commences… I will do a follow up to see how well this garlic spray works. Good news is that is smells wonderful!
A simple natural recipe to use in your garden for ridding pests and powdery mildew
- 2 – 3 bulbs garlic break into cloves, leave skin on
- 5 cups water reserve 1 cup
- 5 drops Sal Suds or other biodegradable dish soap
- Several shakes hot sauce
In a blender, pour 4 cups of the water and put in all the seperated garlic cloves.
Blend mixture until all the garlic has been pulverized. You don't want big chuncks left.
Stop blender and add last cup of water. Blend.
Using a china cap or cheese cloth, strain the mixture until there's absolutely NO bits or pieces left. This may take a few passes through the sieve or cloth. Remember that this will be a spray and has to go through the nozzle.
5 drops of dish detergent or several splashes of hot sauce or when you are blending the garlic you could add fresh or dried peppermint. Or go crazy and add all of them!
There it is! Can’t be easier than that. Taking care of garden pests and problems with in a natural way just makes so much sense. Having your garden smell a bit like a restaurant can’t be half bad either!
Do you prefer to use natural methods to kill garden pests?