For many individuals, homegrown vegetables and fruits are a safer, more convenient, and more affordable option. The home gardening trend has been steadily increasing due to a number of studies showing how many of our “natural” foods are contaminated with harmful substances.

It is believed that the amount of chemical fertilizers used in farming and the harmful pesticides often applied to crops in the fields results in people developing allergies, neurological conditions, diabetes, and even some forms of cancers. Suffice to say, people are losing their trust in the diet they are consuming and looking for alternate ways to stay healthy.

Homegrown foods can be a good substitute for fruits and vegetables that have been overly fertilized, but gardening at home comes with its own set of troubles. The 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.

Pesticides can also get in the way of providing you with an organic produce, which is why, to keep the environment and your plants happy, it is better to use natural pesticides.

Here are some natural pesticides you can make at home to protect your garden from harmful insects.

Neem Spray

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 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.

Soap Spray

An organic liquid soap is another strong pesticide spray used for keeping away many types of bugs, especially beetles, aphids, and mites. The mixture is made by mixing 1.5 teaspoons of any mild organic liquid soap with one liter of water. 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 liquid soap and one liter of water, and then spray it evenly on your whole garden.

Pepper Spray

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 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. 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.