Organic Ways to Control Insects and Pests

If you’re growing vegies you’ll have problems with bugs. It’s hard to know what to do when you discover insects or pests eating away at your vegetable garden, other than go to the shop and buy some hardcore poison. Except don’t do that. I have a few family recipes that I use when the bastard bugs won’t stop eating your vegetable crop. Make yours an organic garden all the way!


Garlic Spray

This natural insecticide is particularly good for aphids, cabbage butterflies, and caterpillars.

Pop 1 clove of crushed garlic into a jar with a tablespoon of soapy water. Leave overnight, or even better in the sun to really get stinky and yucky! Then dilute to 1 part garlic solution to 10 parts water. You can now spray over the effected plants.

Chilies/Garlic Spray

Great for aphids, ants and other things like caterpillars. I even had success with getting rid of grass hoppers with this one – it’s a great way to control insects in your garden.

Pop 5-10 chopped hot chillies, a couple of cloves of crushed garlic and a squirt of dishwashing liquid into a litre of water. Allow to sit in the sun for a little while. Remember to avoid contact with hands and eyes as it is quite potent. An organic insecticide that works a treat!

Beer Traps

Offer them a couple of beers, and slippery pests like slugs and snails will get drunk and die. Really the only good slug near your vegetable garden is a dead one!

So set up little containers filled with beer around the garden. Re-using empty plastic food containers works great. Make sure they are dug slightly into the ground so the lip of the container is at soil level to let the slugs and snails slide in. Check them every day to empty the drunken bodies and refill with beer.

& of course you can get hands on and

Squash Them!

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