People are losing their trust in the diet they are consuming and looking for alternate ways to stay healthy. That's where homegrown food comes in - and it explains why we're seeing a rise in interest in this type of growing. In fact, the most recent statistics suggest that home growing is up 17% across households in the United States, and that 35% of households are growing some of their own food. In Canada, the number is even higher; Statistics Canada reports that 57% of Canadians aregrowing fruits, herbs, vegetables or flowers for personal use.
But gardening at home - and doing it organically - can be a challenge. In fact, a garden has to be meticulously cared for and its growth and soil has to be closely monitored in order for it to provide high yields that are fresh and free from any harmful substances.
Common pests are often what gets in the way of growers' organic gardening goals. Here are some natural pesticides you can use protect your garden from harmful insects.
Natural Pesticides for Organic Growing
Neem is a fragrant but bitter leaf that can be used as a natural pesticide. It has the capability to ward off as many as 50 types of harmful insects and animals from your plants, without damaging your garden. Although neem-based sprays are available in stores, there is nothing stopping you from making your own spray at home. All you need is half an ounce of a concentrated organic neem oil and a half teaspoon of organic liquid soap. Mix these two ingredients with one liter of water and spray it fresh on the plants. It is best not to store this liquid; instead, use it within one day of its preparation.
Insecticidal soap is another strong pesticide spray that can be used used for keeping away many types of bugs, especially beetles, aphids, and mites. Apply it specifically on the affected areas and you will be able to see visible results within a matter of three to four days. One precaution you need to follow with this mixture is that you must not use it during the sunniest parts of the day. Doing so may result in the water evaporating too soon. It is best to use soap sprays during early morning or early evening hours.
The Combo Insecticide
This insecticide is the combination of quite a handful of ingredients as opposed to the previous recipes that have only two or three components. To prepare the mixture you need one pureed bulb of garlic, one small onion, and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder. Let the solution rest for 1.5 hours and then add a teaspoon of organic insecticidal soap and one liter of water, and then spray it evenly on your whole garden.
Pepper spray can be made from fresh hot peppers, or a chili pepper powder can be used instead. You will need a teaspoon of pepper powder, a teaspoon of liquid soap, and one liter of water. Simply mix these three ingredients together. To make pepper spray from fresh peppers, puree half a cup of hot peppers with a cup of water, and then add one liter of water and boil the mixture. Let the liquid cool down and then add one teaspoon of organic liquid soap and then spray where necessary.
These mixtures don't take much time to prepare, and in the end save you money and save your garden. The natural ingredients in all these sprays guarantee that no harm comes to your homegrown crops - or to your health. Putting this type of effort in your home garden will benefit you with an organic and fresh produce, which is the best source of nutrition for you and your family.