Can coffee protect your garden from pests?
Can coffee protect your garden from pests?
Pest control by organic means is quickly becoming a hot topic for health minded gardeners. Although organic bug control is not as effective as chemical bug control, the benefits of using a natural pesticide on the chemical based pesticide are safer for your plants and for your crop production. Here are some home recipes for creating an organic pesticide.
1) Tobacco or Nicotine Spray: This mix is great for combating various sorts of bugs, but especially caterpillars, aphids, and those nasty worms. Tobacco/Nicotine spray is a powerful neurotoxin that can quickly dump unwanted visitors. The downside is that Nicotine sprays are for this colony collapse crisis with honey bees, along with your garden can quickly learn to smell like an ashtray.
Things you need:
1 cup of tobacco
1 gallon of water
Put the tobacco in to the container of water. Permit the mixture to set for as much as 24 hours. After it has stood for a day, look at the color. It should be cooler areas of weak tea. If it’s too dark, just dilute it with water until it really is lighter.
*Warning: Don’t use this solution on peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, or another member of the solanaceous family. Tobacco chemicals can kill these types of plants!
2) Soap Spray:
Another way to stop insects has been soapy water. That’s right, you can easily use your old, dirty dishwater! Collect a number of the water in a pan and pour it right into a watering can or even use a pitcher to pour it on the plants. This works really well on other hardy plants. Many bugs don’t like their lunch spoiled by a soapy aftertaste! For a stronger solution, mix 3 Tablespoons liquid detergent into a gallon of water, I prefer Dawn, but any can do. Use this weekly.
3) Alcohol Spray:
This spray really is great for houseplants. This especially creates meal bugs.
1/2 cup of alcohol, something cheap, or its an event foul
2-3 tablespoons of dry laundry soap
1 quart of tepid to warm water
Mix all ingredients and spray immediately. You don’t must let this set, however you can’t store it either. This solution has to be made fresh for every use.
4) Salt Spray:
This option is used for cabbage worms and spider mites.
2 tablespoons of salt
1 gallon water
Just mix and spray!
5) Garlic Spray:
Here is another the recipe to get a garlic spray that fights slugs too. Slugs should never like eating Italian. To create this smelly spray, utilize the following list of ingredients:
1 garlic bulb
1 quart water
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon of cayenne
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Crush the garlic, mincing it fine. Add finely chopped onion to the mixture, while adding the remainder of the ingredients except the soap. Wait an hour before adding the soap for the mixture. The spicy ingredients must type of stew or steep, much like tea. After one hour, add the soapy your non-toxic spray is preparing to use! This can be kept in the fridge for a week.
6) Dead Bug Spray:
An additional way to beat the bug problem is by taking some dead carcasses of the insects and mixing them in water. Play one pint of water and 1/2 cup of slug carcasses. Although this is rather unpleasant, it really works. Would you want to be picnicking in this situation? Most of us wouldn’t. Here is how you’re making the insect carcass solution:
Blend the water and insects until mixed well after which put into a plastic container or glass jar. To make use of this, pout into a sprayer and squirt a few drops on the affected plants. You can freeze this mixture for storage.
*Beware: Do NOT use flies, ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes in this solution! These insects carry many communicable human diseases!
7) Spearmint-Hot Pepper-Horseradish Spray:
This works on many different kinds of bugs- too many to list!
1/2 cup of red pepper (hot)
water (read below)
1/2 cup of fresh spearmint
1/2 cup horseradish (root leaving)
2 tablespoons of liquid detergent
1/2 cup green onion tops
8 ) Our favorite natural insecticide: Coffee Spray
Many scientific study has recorded the power of caffeine to deter and kill insects. Caffeine contains stimulants called methylxanthines, which is a naturally occurring defense in plants. Caffeine stimulates the nervous systems of insects and it has been proven to interfere with behavior and rise in many insects and insect larvae. If The caffeine does not quickly resulted in insects death, it is also known to suppress the insects appetite, causing less damage.
Coffee sprays can be created by simply using cooled left-over coffee and diluting it for the color of a weak tea. Spray on your own plants weekly to deter insects.
*It should be noted that researchers suggest detaching the fallen leaves of plants that contain high levels of caffeine as decomposition slows considerably and will not benefit the plant.
Obviously, using coffee grounds to feed your plants will increase the levels of caffeine the guarana plant needs to improve its natural defense systems, and increase degrees of Nitrogen, Potassium and many trace elements along the way.
BeanToGreen is a unique, easy to use formula that includes recycled coffee grounds and nourishes your plants with everything else they need to grow strong and beautifully.