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Organic Solutions for Gardens and Plant Pests

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

By Clifford Woods

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

 

There is a balance in nature that can be tapped into if you want to keep your garden and plants at their best. And when you want to cultivate and maintain an organic garden and naturally healthy plants it is much easier to work with Mother Nature than against her.

Many organic solutions for garden and plant pests are available. Simple, easy to make remedies you can try making yourself and try them out.

 

 

Here is a list of some combination and single mixtures to help in the fight against pests.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth and Chile pepper: Grind up two handfuls of dry chilies into a very fine powder then mix this with 1 cup of Diatomaceous earth. Add to 2 liters of water and let set overnight. Shake well before using.
  2. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea: These flowers hold a powerful plant chemical component called Pyrethrum. This substance invades the nervous system of insects rendering them immobile. You can make your own spray by boiling 100 grams of dried flowers into 1 liter of water. Boil the dried flowers in water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool and place in a spray bottle. This mixture can be stored for up to two months.
  3. Tobacco: Take one cup of organic tobacco (preferably a tobacco that is natural) and mix it in one gallon of water. Leave overnight and after 24-hours it should have a light brown color. Add more water if it too dark. You can use this on most plants, except those belonging to the nightshade family of plants such potato, tomato, eggplant etc.
  4. Salt Spray: This is used on plants that have spider mites. You can mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal Salt into one gallon of warm water and spray on infected areas.
  5. Orange Citrus Oil, Water and Soap: Mix together 3 tablespoons of liquid Organic Castile soap with 1 ounce of Orange oil to one gallon of water. Shake well. This is an especially efficient treatment against slugs and can be sprayed directly on ants and roaches also.
  6. Eucalyptus oil: A natural pesticide for flies, bees and wasps. Simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil where the insects are found.
  7. Cayenne Pepper Mix or Citrus Oil: This is another excellent organic pesticide that controls ants. Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one tsp. of cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray.
  8. Mineral oil: This organic pesticide works well for dehydrating insects and their eggs. Mix 10-30 ml of high-grade oil with one liter of water. Stir and add to spray bottle.
  9. Onion and Garlic Spray: Mince one organic clove of garlic and one medium sized organic onion. Add to 1 quart of water. Wait one hour and then add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mix. This organic spray will hold its potency for one week if stored in the refrigerator.
  10. Neem: A very powerful & natural pesticide and you can make your own Neem oil spray. Simply add 1/2 an ounce of organic Neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap to 2 quarts of warm water. Slowly stir it up and then pour it into a spray bottle and use right away.
  11. Garlic Tea: Make your own garlic spray by boiling a pint of water, throw in roughly chopped garlic cloves and steep until the water is cool. Remove any garlic bits with cheesecloth and then pour into a spray bottle and use.
  12. Basil Tea: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1-cup fresh basil. Remove from heat, cover and let cool. Then mix in 1 tsp. of liquid dish detergent. Pour into a spray bottle and use. Basil Tea is good for combating aphids.

Simple-Simple – for both garden and house plants: Mix 1 cup Sunlight dish soap and 1 tbs. of vegetable oil together and then store the liquid in a plastic air tight container. When you need to use it, take 2 teaspoons of this liquid and mix it with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray top and under the plants leaves and any new shoots and buds. When it is hot, repeat every third day – 3 applications over 7 days. In the cooler weather you only need to use it once a week for 3 weeks.

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant PestsEmploying organic solutions for garden and plant pest control would go hand in hand with the soil being organic as well. If you have been using store bought chemical fertilizers and are trying to transition out of this method, be patient. Soil goes through both many changes with the transition from a chemical to organic fertilizer is made. It can take the soil quite a while to adjust. Plants can often go through a few stages of poor yields before producing at peak performance.

An easy transition and sure fire method is adding some Beneficial Microorganisms as they are naturally already in the soil. It is just a matter of populating the soil with these beneficial
microbes – they will do the rest.


Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products.

Natural and Organic Gardens

Natural and Organic Gardens

By Clifford Woods

The use of purely organic products and materials is something that seems to have gone in and out of fashion over the course of time, though is once again heading for a peak. There was a time when organic gardens were in fact the only kinds of garden in the world, as mankind hadn’t yet come up with the endless array of chemicals and synthetic compounds we know today.

Once these chemicals made an appearance however, this apparent means by which to use a fast and easy quick-fix solution saw fully natural and organic gardens decline and pesticide/herbicide use sky-rocket.Natural and Organic Gardens

An Awakening: Now however we know that overuse, or indeed any use of these chemical products can be hugely detrimental to health and to the environment as a whole, which has seen interest once again spike not just in gardens, but in natural gardens of a 100% organic nature.

That being said, there are still thousands of households across every town and village that are yet to realize that this modern way of learning from the past, thereby making it necessary to occasionally remind ourselves as to what makes organic gardens a vastly superior choice.

Natural and Organic Gardens:

Right off the bat, feeding and treating plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables with 100% natural and organic products is to treat them exactly as Mother Nature intended. Given the obvious fact that no human being knows as much about nature as nature itself, common sense would dictate that organic gardens tended to in such a way will display the kind of health and prowess their chemical-treated counterpart gardens simply cannot come close to.

Taste: An extension of the above, it is also no secret why organic products sourced from natural gardens are always significantly more expensive than standard variants in the supermarkets they are superior in every way. From size to taste to texture to vitamin content and so on, natural and organically grown fruits and vegetables are beyond compare.

Costs:  Any household can begin making its own organic compost of the finest quality with the waste matter is generates every day, so why on Earth would it make sense to visit a store and shell out good money for something inferior? The idea is preposterous and makes no sense whatsoever yet that is exactly what the majority across the US and beyond are still doing even to this day.

Safety: Another considerable benefit of natural gardens is the way in which they are also naturally healthy gardens for human beings and animals alike. As such, if intending to have kids and pets playing or spending time in the gardens at any time, it really isn’t worth taking chances on their health and safety by using harmful chemicals.

Environment: Rounding off, everything that gets liberally sprayed or sprinkled on any part of the garden will eventually be reclaimed and find its way back into the Earth, so take second to think how much damage those millions of liters of chemicals are doing to the planet every year.

If this doesn’t tell you immediately why you should be favoring organic gardens alone, it really should.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

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What is Valuable about Composting?

What is Valuable About Composting?

By Clifford Woods

Over the course of human history and pretty much as far back as civilization stretches, composting has been used a means by which to grow food and enrich gardens. Sadly however, ever since mass-scale farming took over several decades ago, the practice has declined all over the world and there is less emphasis put on the importance of composting than ever before.

This is something that simply has to change for the future, and thankfully looks like it’s once again heading in the right way.

what is valuable about composting

A Rebirth for Composting: Nowadays, people are becoming more and more aware not only of what they are using around the home and the garden, but also what they are putting into their bodies and the effects their actions have on the environment. As such, the idea of composting has once again become a discussed point and people are realizing just how positive and beneficial this truly ancient practice can be and how much it really benefits our environment.

Even the most simple of endeavors like natural composting at home with the use of a single container for food scraps and organic waste is having a massively beneficial effect on the planet, helping to the reduce the need for landfills and other kinds of waste disposal. With the slightest effort, composting can lead to significant cash savings, benefits to health, positives for the garden and a beneficial boost to the environment all at the same time.

Getting Into the Habit: In order to be effective, those looking to compost at home need to “get into the habit” to a point where recycling their organic waste becomes natural, and not something they actually have to think about.

To work properly, effective composting at home needs to be part of a “lifestyle” and is an on-going process. Once these habits have been instilled however the benefits are too numerous to count, though include the following among others:

Value of Composting:

  • Production of an excellent product to boost the growth of organic fruits, vegetable and herbs at home – guaranteed to be 100% free of chemicals and harmful additives.
  • A free form of fertilizer that costs nothing – the waste will already be present as a part of everyday life, so why not put it to use?
  • An excellent alternative to use with 100% safety in environments where children or pets may be present.
  • A simple way of getting rid of refuses and waste from the garden, which may not be allowed in standard collections.
  • A means by which to reduce overall wastage and thus conserve landfill space.

Going about natural composting around the home essentially represents nothing more than common sense. After all, to overlook composting value and continue to throw out perfectly good organic matter only to go and pay good money for compost at the store is money poured needlessly down the drain.

Effective composting can be child’s play and there’s no reason not to get the kids involved from an early age and begin instilling good habits for life.

That being said, it’s never too late to get started and begin making a difference.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

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