Vegetable Garden Oil Insecticide Recipe
There are so many bug sprays on the market today made for our home grown vegetable gardens that claim to be okay to use and ingest.
Although I know that these products do work to rid my garden of the pesky critters that ruin my food I am quite skeptical of the ingredients list and the warnings listed on the labels.
How can something be okay for me to ingest when the warning on the label clearly states that the product may contain an ingredient know to cause cancer? And I am supposed to be spraying this product onto the plant that may absorb it and transfer it into the food I am planning on eating? I don’t think so buddy!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the products effects. They do almost 99% of the time kill the bugs but they may be killing my family and me too. For that reason I use simple homemade solutions that I know don’t come with a warning label that drastic.
A spray that is extremely simple to make with ingredients I already have in my kitchen and that are edible in my mind is a great way to go. Using cooking oil as a natural repellent of sap-sucking insects such as aphids, thrips, spider mites, and whiteflies may be the way to go if you are like me; and are skeptical of many products on the market today.
This garden oil insecticide has not only killed the bugs that were directly sprayed but has proven to repel others that are lurking in the area. Make the concentration ahead of time and store it in a glass jar in a dark, dry, and cool location. Mix it when ready to use and apply it liberally to your vegetable plants once every seven days.
Vegetable Garden Oil Insecticide Recipe Ingredients
Here is what you need:
• 1 Tbsp. dish soap (look for soaps containing borax, they work best)
• 1 Cup cooking oil (canola oil seems to work great in the desert)
• Glass Jar
• 1 pint of water
• Large Spray Bottle
Here is what you do:
• In the glass jar mix the cooking oil with the dish soap and label appropriately.
• When ready to use mix the concentration with water in the spray bottle and shake vigorously. Since oil does not mix with water make sure to spray immediately after you shake the mixture; if you see large oil bubbles in the bottle keep shaking before each spray.
• Dispose of any excess mixture left in the spray bottle.
I wish you all the best in your bug battle and hope that using a homemade edible spray will ease your mind as much as it eases mine.