Welcome, fellow green thumbs! If you’ve ever found yourself in a battle with garden pests, you know the struggle is real. But fear not, my organic gardening pals! Say goodbye to chemical warfare and join me on a journey through the wonderful world of natural pest-busting remedies. We’re talking about everything from neem oil ninja moves to the fantastic friendships between basil and tomatoes. Let’s sprinkle a bit of magic (and maybe some diatomaceous earth) on our gardens and watch those pests make a polite exit. Grab a cup of tea, settle in, and let’s chat about banishing bugs the eco-friendly way! This is our Top 10 homemade pest repellants for your organic garden.
Did you know that the history of pest control dates back to ancient civilizations? In ancient Egypt, around 2500 BC, cats were revered not only for their companionship but also for their pest-control prowess. Egyptians recognized the feline talent for keeping grain stores free from rodents. Fast forward to ancient China, where around 1000 BC, farmers used predatory ants to protect citrus orchards from pests. The concept of utilizing natural predators for pest control has deep roots, and it’s fascinating to see how our ancestors creatively tackled the age-old challenge of keeping their harvests safe and sound.
Top 10 Homemade Pest Repellant For An Organic Garden
Each item on this list will have a link to an already pre-made alternative, if you need it in a time crunch or don’t feel like going through the process of making it at home.
Neem Oil: Natural Pest Control for Your Garden
- Neem oil
- Mild liquid soap
- Lukewarm water
- Spray bottle
How to Make:
- Mix 1 tbsp neem oil with 1 tsp mild liquid soap.
- Add the mixture to a quart-sized container and fill with lukewarm water.
- Shake well to create an emulsion.
How to Use:
- Choose early morning or late afternoon to spray affected plants.
- Move desirable items away from the spray zone.
- Coat leaves, stems, and soil thoroughly with the neem oil mixture.
- Repeat every 7-14 days for consistent pest control.
This DIY neem oil spray offers a natural and effective solution to protect your garden from pests, ensuring your plants thrive in a healthy environment.
A pre-made organic option can be found here!
Diatomaceous Earth Barrier for Pest Control
- Diatomaceous earth
- Duster or powder applicator
How to Apply:
- Choose a Dry Day:
- Apply diatomaceous earth on a dry day to maximize its effectiveness.
- Protective Gear:
- Wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling the fine particles.
- Even Application:
- Using a duster or powder applicator, evenly spread diatomaceous earth around the base of plants and on the soil surface.
- Reapply as Needed:
- After heavy rain or irrigation, reapply diatomaceous earth to maintain the barrier.
Diatomaceous earth acts as a physical barrier against crawling insects, causing them to dehydrate and perish. This is also a great defense against Fleas! Just sprinkle it in your carpet and vacuum it up to help keep your furry friends safe!
You can buy some Diatomaceous Earth Here!
Garlic Spray for Natural Pest Repellent
Pepperspray for Vampires!
- Fresh or pre-peeled garlic cloves
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Spray bottle
How to Make:
- Peel Garlic:
- Peel a handful of garlic cloves.
- Blend with Water:
- Place the peeled garlic cloves in a blender and cover with water.
- Blend until you have a smooth, garlic-infused liquid.
- Strain the Mixture:
- Strain the mixture using a strainer or cheesecloth to remove solid particles.
- Fill the Spray Bottle:
- Transfer the strained garlic liquid into a spray bottle.
How to Use:
- Spray on Affected Plants:
- Spray the garlic solution on plants affected by pests, covering both sides of the leaves.
- Repeat as Needed:
- Reapply the garlic spray every 7-10 days or after rainfall to maintain its effectiveness.
Garlic spray acts as a natural deterrent, making your plants less appealing to pests. This DIY solution is not only effective but also safe for your plants and the environment.
You can buy some here!
Companion Planting for Pest Control
- Knowledge of companion planting pairs
How to Implement:
- Research Companion Plants:
- Identify plant combinations that naturally complement each other in deterring pests. For example, planting marigolds with tomatoes can help deter nematodes.
- Strategic Planting:
- Integrate companion plants throughout your garden, considering the specific needs and preferences of each species.
- Diversify Plant Types:
- Mix in flowers, herbs, or other vegetables known for their pest-repelling properties.
- Observe and Adjust:
- Regularly monitor your garden for signs of pests and observe how different plant combinations impact pest activity.
Companion planting leverages the natural relationships between plants to create a balanced and pest-resistant garden. By strategically choosing plant companions, you enhance the overall health and vitality of your crops while minimizing the need for chemical interventions.