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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.

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Gardening Organically – Your Best Gift to the Environment

Gardening Organically – Your Best Gift to the Environment

By Clifford Woods

Organic gardening, unlike what majority of people perceive, is quite simple. What it means is not introducing chemicals or synthetic products like fertilizers and pesticides into your garden. Yep, that’s it. It is that simple and most people who have pets and kids, perhaps already garden this way, simply to keep their family safe.

If you are ready to have your own organic garden or are new to gardening organically, you will be amazed to see how some really simple techniques can help you raise a bright and colorful garden that will be lively and beautiful all year long. The best way that you can start even before you till the soil in your garden is by generating your own organic compost.

Gardening OrganicallyYou may buy a composting container for that purpose, especially if you live in a place with limited space or if you are worried about the smells that might come from the heap. Organic compost can be considered as one of the prime requisites of organic gardening.

Some of the best things that you can feed your compost with are things like grass clippings straight from your lawn and dried leaves from trees around your neighborhood or in your own yard.

 

You can also use kitchen scraps, but stay away from meat, milk, and yogurt, because they will give off an awful stink and also could attract animals if you live in an area that is known for garbage eating animals.

Once you have your own organic garden thought out and have your compost all ready and waiting, you can get started. You might not realize, but the environment gains a lot with these organic gardens. You can till the soil in your garden and mix your compost into the dirt, which will give you a fantastic base in which to start growing your organic garden. This can be any kind of garden that you want it to be, populated with flowers, bright plants, trees and even food for your family.

Some people might be concerned about how to get rid of pests that come to the garden without using chemicals, but it’s really simple if you know what you are doing.

You can get organic pesticides, but if you really want to keep it even simpler, without any extra sprays, then the first thing is to keep your plants as healthy as you can.

Pests are usually only interested in sick and decaying plants and not the healthy fresh plants. Therefore, if you really want to keep the bugs away then keep your plants as healthy as you can get them. Also, you can introduce things like ladybugs into your organic gardens, as they do minimal damage on their own and they love to eat specific types of pests off your plants.

If you are careful about gardening organically and really pay attention to what is going on in your garden, then you can really stave off the pets and sickness that might plague your garden.

Don’t become discouraged if you do get sick plants or bugs in your garden; there is always help out there. You just need to know where to look; a search on the Internet is a great place to start.

You will be able to keep a wonderful garden that not only appeases your aesthetic sense, but it is your best gift to the environment.


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

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Tips for a Natural and Organic House

Tips for a Natural and Organic House

By Clifford Woods

The world is discovering the need for cleaning products which are easy to use and safe for the environment. These natural products can be home-made and even when bought; they are not as expensive as one may have been lead to believe. Use of natural products enables us to protect the surroundings and out families and friends.

The Natural and Organic HouseVarious organizations have realized and are emphasizing the natural and organic house.  The various advantages which are gained, like keeping the water sources free from pollution, is of immense current and future value.

Water is one of the natural elements that we have in abundance around us. It can be used along with vinegar to clean the pipes which drain water away from various parts of a house like the kitchen sink and bathroom. Because of the acidic condition of a mixture like this, one can be assured that harmful microorganisms like mold and even bacteria that sometimes grow in these pipes, are neutralized.

When one is in need of preventing bad odor in the house or kitchen, this vinegar mixture is also an option. This is quite important as it does not pose any sort of health risk to the user and also achieve excellent results when used. Vinegar can be effectively mixed with water and used as a cleaner in the kitchen and bathrooms in the home. This is very much safer than the use of air fresheners which can trigger allergic reactions in people with respiratory type problems. Vinegar also kills harmful microorganisms due to its acidic nature.

Surfaces in the house like sinks or wooden counters can be stained when they come in contact with certain chemicals. One solution to this has been found in the use of lemon water. When used to scrub off stains, it can be quite effective. Additionally, lemon water combined with baking soda has been shown to be very potent in getting results when used to clean off most any kind of stains.

Controlling pests should be done in such as way as to not only eliminate the pests but should not leave behind sort of residue that could adversely effect the respiratory system of a person. Locating all the hiding places of spiders and there webs and getting rid of them and keeping surfaces clean, is a safe way of doing this. Finding their breeding sites is also quite helpful as this removes a whole generation of pest and helps keep a home clean and allergy free.

Cleanliness is also achieved by keeping your household items well organized; pests love a disorganized area – all those lovely, dark places to hide! Old or very rarely used items should be neatly stored or disposed safely, like in a dust bin. Old newspapers and books can be safely kept in boxes for future use. If no longer of value, these should be recycled.

In keeping a natural and organic house, it is a requirement to ensure that the air you breathe in is free from harmful particles. Good ventilations and a routine cleaning schedule with the use of natural products and beneficial microorganisms’ helps quite a bit in maintaining a healthy environment. Believe it or not, regular washing and drying of clothes helps keep them fresh and reduce odor in the household.

Cleaning a house can quite a task if things are left to accumulate too much. The kitchen should be cleaned after each meal. It is a lot easier to clean a pot used to cook rise when the rice is soft than when it has been left to harden. Therefore, embrace the need to keep the house and kitchen clean regularly and pay particular attention to the cleanliness of the kitchen and bathrooms all the time, so as to reduce the risk of stubborn stains or bad odor and or health damaging conditions.

When the kitchen is cleaned daily with organic cleaners
the risk to you and your family are greatly reduced!

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

You can find out more about our Organic Cleaners at www.effens.com

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly products

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