I like to think of my gardening this way:
If I wouldn't eat the pest spray on my food, why would I put it on my plants?
How about apples sprayed with cinnamon water? Yes please!
As much as I love cinnamon, for 90% of your gardening needs, peppermint will do it! Just remember this one rule of thumb: 1-2 drops of oil per ounce of water. You can put it in a large garden sprayer or just a small spray bottle and send all the kids out to spray down the plants, trees, and grass. FIY, if it is hot out, spraying yourself with peppermint will lower your body temperature and is an awesome mosquito repellent. You can add a teaspoon of liquid soap as well for even more power.
My recipe for all purpose garden spray:
8 oz water
8 drops peppermint
2 drops white fir (optional)
Total cost: $0.88 cents
- Plant fungus? Try melaleuca
- Squash Bugs? Try cinnamon, cassia, or clove
- Slugs? Try white fir or cedarwood
- Ants? Aphids? Beetles? Caterpillars? Spiders? Mice? Peppermint to the rescue. (hint; If peppermint just doesn't cut it, try thyme)
4 cups Epson Salts
20 drops peppermint
5 drops white fir
2 drops Thyme
1 drop cinnamon
Shake well to combine and sprinkle around plants or perimeter of the garden.
Total cost: $4
Two words of caution:
1. Do not spray in your eyes.
2. Don't drop one drop full strength on the leaves. They don't like that.
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