Organic Garden Pesticide

Category: Garden

Keep your Frugal Vegetable Garden Organic by staying away from store bought pesticides.

Summer is here and your vegetable garden is ripe for the picking, especially from unwanted critters. Each ingredient will repel different types of pests and insects. Combined, it is a force that no irritating pest can fight against.


7 cloves Garlic
1 large Onion
1 tbsp Tabasco
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Horseradish or 4 Horseradish leaves
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Distilled White Wine Vinegar
3 tbsp Vegetable or Olive Oil
1 tsp Mineral Oil
1 tbsp Liquid Dish Soap
6 cups Water


• In a food processor, puree all of the ingredients together.

• In a large bowl, add the puree to 6 cups of water.

• Cover and let sit for at least 24 hours.

• Strain through a cheesecloth and transfer to a garden spray bottle.

• Refrigerate between uses. Good for up to 1 month.

• Spray the Fruit and Vegetable plants once a week (after watering), early in the morning or at dusk.

Other Suggestions for Pesky Worms

Betty suggests Bacillus Thuringiensis, or BT, to rid irritating worms. BT is a naturally occurring bacterium found in the worm that, when ingested, can paralyze its own digestive tract. It is used to control tomato horn worms, cabbage worms and other caterpillars. It is non-toxic to humans, animals or the environment; therefore it is considered environmentally friendly. You may make your own by capturing the worms, pureeing them in water, then transferring the mixture to a spray bottle to spray back onto your plants. If you can't stomach that idea, then you may purchase BT at your local garden center. Make sure you purchase 100% BT, with no added chemicals. Availability varies from state to state.

Diatomaceous Earth, or DE, is another product that keep worms at bay. DE is
the fossilized remains of an algae. The finely ground substance has sharp edges that cut slugs and other soft-bodied pests. Be careful using where household pets roam. No one needs scratched-up furry paws!

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