Thursday, July 26, 2012

All Natural Garden Bug Spray - Rural Thursday

After squash bugs killed every last zucchini and summer squash plant in my garden (sob) I have been on a quest to figure out how to derail them.  For next year.  Because it sure hurts this year to not have the huge baskets of squash and zucchini to cook every day. 

I came across this recipe for an all natural garden spray that you can make with ingredients you have at home in my Vegetable Gardener's Companion book.  It was easy to make and this stuff smells AWFUL.  If I was a bug, I wouldn't come near it!

You mix 3 cups of hot water, 1 tbsp cayenne, and 7 cloves of garlic.  Let it steep for 4 days.  Strain it and toss it in a sprayer. 

The only issue I've had from it is finding a sprayer that doesn't get clogged from the ground cayenne.  I think next time I need to strain by a cheese cloth instead of just by wire strainer. 

In other garden news, I planted a few things to see if I can get a fall harvest.  Last year the only thing I planted midsummer was beets.  This year I found seed packets on sale for 20 cents each, so I picked 4 items to try.  Maybe I'll get lucky and redeem my garden before the season is over.  For now, the only veggies we're enjoying are cucumbers and beets.

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43 comments:

EM Illustrator said...

That seems to be an easy and cheep solution to get rid of the bugs. Have a great day!

Renae said...

those dang bugs eating all of your squash!!!! Can you make sense of my 'modern' photo? LOL - i'll confess next week. hahaha

heyBJK said...

The bugs have been bad this year with the hot, dry weather and I've had to buy several bottles of bug killer. It would be nice to make my own and this looks easy enough.

the cuby poet said...

Gardens are suffering here this year as we have had immense amount of rain and everything has been eaten by slugs and snails ugh! I like the sound of your spray hope it works.

andy said...

Glad to know this! I will try it have a great day

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa if I was a bug it would work on me too. Your garden sounds much better than mine it is nice to have your own veggies. B

Melodie said...

I am glad to know that recipe!I bet it repels all bugs!

Amy Burzese said...

I'll have to try that. We don't spray so a lot of our garden gets eaten.

Jeanne said...

lisa thanks for sharing this great recipe! I am so sorry those bugs got your veggies... that is very aggravating, but bet next year, this won't happen!

Beth said...

i believe i have heard of someone speaking of something similar. i will see. i need a garden 1st. ha. ha!! (:

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

What a great and free way to get rid of bugs. That is awesome!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I can practically smell your spray from here, but if it works it's worth it!

Nancy Claeys said...

So many of the commercial sprays have cayenne in them, so why not make your own? Great post, Lisa. Good luck with the fall garden. xo

Rob-bear said...

I understand that some diluted soap or detergent makes for a good bug spray.

Sorry you've lost so much of your garden to the invaders!

Jill said...

I bet cheesecloth will do the trick!

Tanya said...

it's funny that you and nancy are both yakking about zucchini! i should try that spray on my basil...the worms love it :/

Anne Payne said...

We use natural pest control and find it to be a stinky process, as well. My husband has some kind of tobacco mixture that he uses...GAG! He gets mixed results with that one. I always like the dishsoap recipe but have found that combinations work best. When my boys were young they enjoyed handpicking the bugs! They learned to identify the good, the bad, and the ugly ;)

My Journey With Candida said...

I am going to try this next year. I kept the bugs away until about the last week, then I got lazy and now the bugs are eating everything

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I like the idea of an environmentally and health-friendly bug spray. Thank you for sharing. I hope to have a garden next year. Sorry yours hasn't done so well this year. This hot and dry weather has not been kind to it!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Good bug killing recipe to have on hand. The natural way is always the best way.

bailey-road.com said...

Thanks for the tip!

TexWisGirl said...

good luck w/ the bugs!

Carolyn Y said...

This is great. I wonder if it would work on cucumber bug? I'm getting hit, hard. Oh and those white moths that lay eggs, they ate one Kale plant to the ground. I sprinkled Pepper and it seemed to work...
Have you ever done a Fall planting of peas?

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great recipe for natural bug repellent ~ thanks for sharing ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

alissa apel said...

I'll have to give that recipe a try. I'll share it with my Dad who has issues with Asian Beetles right now. I wonder if it works to get rid of them?

Leovi said...

Absolutely. Yes, Llos insects are the worst enemies of the garden.

Debbie said...

oohhhh those darn bugs eat better then we do!!

good luck, i hope the spray works!!!

edenhills said...

I'm so glad you've shared this. I had those horrible losses last year too for the first time. I only had a couple of plants this year, but one was destroyed. I will certainly be trying this next year also!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds wonderful. Hope it works for you.

Deanna said...

How sad to lose your crop to bugs...hopefully your seeds will take root and you will be rewarded in the fall!

Sandy said...

Bummer! But if I recall, you guys like beets. Which, in my opinion, is not normal, but they are good for you.

tree said...

The bugs have been especially bad this year! i've been dealing with cucumber beetles and squash vine borers...they are both super destructive. i've had quite a few squash bugs too, but they've been easier to deal with (picking them off by hand). Depending on your first frost date, you may still have time to plant more zucchini. i plant it every three weeks during the summer, so as plants are dying back i have new ones ready to harvest. Good luck with your fall garden!

Danielle said...

Oh I like this idea...I hate bug spray but it is such a necessity here in Florida. Thanks. Also, thank you for stopping by and saying hello. I appreciate it.

Betsy Adams said...

So sorry about your squash bug problem... Hope you can find something which works next year on them...

We have trouble with critters eating our flowers/bulbs, etc.... We at one time have used things like cayenne pepper, moth balls, and stinky things like that ---as we read about them on the internet... Don't know if either of them will help your problem or not---but keep on reading... You'll get all kinds of good suggestions.

Hugs,
Betsy

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds like a safe solution to try with children around.

Sally said...

Whoa! Sounds like that stuff ought to work for any kind of bugs. I can only imagine the smell! Good luck with the fall garden. I love me some beets!! :)

warren said...

Sounds easy enough. I'll be curious to hear how it works! Prob works on deer too?

A Quiet Corner said...

If it deters rabbits, I'll give it a try!...:)JP

April's Homemaking said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Sorry to hear about your squash plants, your bug spray sounds interesting, I will have to try that. I look forward to reading more of your blog. :)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Sounds like a great tip. I'll have to give this a try. thanks!

Yael Ben-Ari said...

Lisa,

Thanks for coming by my blog. That is really too bad about your squash and zuccini. I hope that your bug spray does the trick to get rid of them before they get your zukes again. Not sure I would let my cat in the veggies though, cuz that stuff can really sting their eyes if it gets in. Love your farm. I also really like the dress in your next post. It looks so comfortable and cute.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Sorry to hear about your zuccini & squash. Hope that bug spray keeps those buggers off next year.

Rita said...

I'm going to mix up a batch of this and see if it will solve the ant problem we have been having on our patio. Everything else we have hear about and tried has failed.