Since the dawn of agriculture, people have been looking for ways to protect their plants from bugs and other pest. Believe it or not there are some simple everyday items you can use to effectively do this.
Growing a garden is a big investment of time and money. Having pests around that undermine things can lead to all sorts of problems especially if you use your gardens to produce food for yourself and family, not to mention also to market. The big chemical companies offer all sorts of solutions but they may also be toxic to people as well as the plants and pests. Avoiding this by using simple stools around the house that you can pick up at any grocery store is a way around all this.
First of all think simple. What does nature do that allows for protection and can you duplicate it or improve on it? Yes you can.
For example, to get rid of aphids, try putting aluminum foil around the base of your plants. This will reflect the sunlight upwards where aphids like to hide. Not too much or the reflective heat and radiation might damage the plants.
Getting rid of fruit flies is as easy as getting a funnel type bottle and placing some apple cider vinegar with chopped up apples in the bottom. The flies will cease and desist.
To make a hot pepper spray just take a few tablespoons, around 3 or 4 and mix them with a gallon of water. Put on the stove to simmer for around 15 minutes and then let it sit for a day and then strain it. You can then apply it to plants. Cayenne peppers do the best job.
A cup of coffee ground a day will keep the ants away. That’s right, using old coffee grounds is a great way to getting rid of ants. It’s deadly to them. Sprinkle some of the grounds where you see the ants hanging out and they’ll back off big time.
Garlic proves once again its overall benefits as it can be used as repellant! Just mix some up with some mint leaves with a dash of cayenne pepper and some dish washing liquid and you’ve got yourself one mean anti-bug spray. Not to mention it probably keeps just about anything away with this potent combination. Just mix them up to a boil and let it sit a day, strain it and put it into a spray bottle.
So those are just a few of the simple, safe and effective ways of protecting your plants. There are many others and not only do these work, they’re cheap too. Not to mention it probably keeps just about anything away with this potent combination. Just mix them up to a boil and let it sit a day, strain it and put it into a spray bottle.
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