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Banish the Bugs...Organic style!

Hugette and Mike's Organic Insecticide:
20g (1/4 cup) chopped/crushed garlic
20ml (1/4 cup) cooking oil.

Leave overnight.
Mix in 1 litre of water and 10ml (2 tbsp) biodegradable soap.
Blend and strain.
Keep mixture refridgerated and dilute with 4 times its volume of water.

Mike says it's best to use this mixture directly on the insects. It should not be used on uninfected plants-- you don't want to hurt useful insects in the garden such as dragonflies, spiders and ladybirds.

Meanwhile, all's fair in love and gardening! And onward to the battle of the slugs!

Hello slug, meet the mighty egg!

(Obviously, organic, free run, nest-laid is the only humane option!)
Simply crush up the egg shells and mix with the top layer of your soil. The crushed shells form a minefield and unsuspecting slugs crawl across those sharp little edges and ...well, here's where it gets a little gruesome... they get cut to shreds and die.
I know. It's not a happy thought. But it will save your broccoli and other greens. In fact, putting eggshells in your soil this way near members of the cabbage family is a great idea because the shells provide oodles of calcium for them to absorb. Mmmm, broccoli!

And finally, Mike has some great tips on partnerships:

Some plants have natural plant repelling qualities. When planted next to vulnerable plants, they can have a protective effect without your needing to use a single drop of harmful chemical. And often, these same partner plants are pretty good together on the plate as well!
So here are some matches made in heaven:

– Good for repelling beetles from potatoes.
Rosemary and Corriander are particularly good at repelling insects from Carrots.
Thyme – Good at repelling insects from plants in the cabbage family such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Sage – Good for repelling insects from both cabbage and carrots
Nasturtium –Lovely lily pad-like plant – attracts insects away from your other plants
Buckwheat flowers – Attracts useful insects as well as extracts phosphorous from the soil. Repels weeds.
Chamomile – Repels several insects.
Marigolds – Repels many ravagers as well as being an edible flower. You can put the petals in your summer salads. Marigold (Calendula) also has medicinal properties as an anti-inflamatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

For further reading on maintaining an organic garden, I found these excellent tips in the archives of cbc.ca (we have some pretty neat stuff online!)

Right, so this is the part where I ask YOU a question:
Do you have natural and harmful-chemical-free ways to control common garden pests? Please share?
You can leave me a comment or call our talkback line: (514) 597-5626

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against bugs and ants : soak rhubarb leaves in water for several days. Keep the "juice". Strain it and spray it on ants and in your garden.
Thank you for your tips..
Is it possible to have the tips for "cleaning" pots and pans??
Thank you.

Posted July 25, 2008 11:44 PM

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