Vegetable Garden Power Punch Insect Repellent Recipe
There are so many insect repelling herbs that it is nice when we find one recipe that helps to repel bugs and smell good doing it because let’s face it, not everyone likes their garden to reek of garlic all the time.
Although garlic is a wonderful herb in itself there are others that also repel nasty little critters and keep them from re-entering into your precious vegetable garden. Red pepper, rosemary, and lavender are all very easy to obtain and are safe to ingest. What chemical pesticide is okay to ingest? That is what I thought too!
Without further adieu here is the recipe that will blow those little creature’s minds.
Vegetable Garden Power Punch Insect Repellent Ingredients
Here is what you need:
• 1 tablespoon red pepper or cayenne pepper
• 8-10 garlic cloves
• 3-8 sprigs dried rosemary
• 2 tablespoons dried lavender
• 1 cup cooking oil
• 8 drops dish soap
• ½ gallon of water
• Gallon Glass Jar
Here is what you do:
• In a blender mix pepper, garlic, rosemary, lavender and 2 cups of water until all ingredients are liquefied.
Pour mixture into a larger glass container and add remaining water.
• Let mixture set for 36 hours in a cool dry place; shake up every 4 hours or so.
• After 36 hours use a cheesecloth to strain the mixture into another clean container, add the cooking oil and dish soap to the mixture and shake well.
• Pour into a garden sprayer and spray vegetable garden thoroughly once a week to keep pests away
This recipe repels many common vegetable garden insects such as ants, aphids, flies, moths, fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, grasshoppers, tomato hornworms, leaf loopers, rollers, and miners, spiders, spittlebugs, spider mites, thrips, slugs, snails, whiteflies and even cats (although they are not bugs they can be just as destructive to your garden). This concoction does take longer to make than other homemade recipes but it is definitely worth it.