Natural vegetable pest control - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, Ne
Question by nariyah1
June 3, 2009
Is there any kitchen product that I can use to keep insects from eating my vegetable leaves? I was told to spray the leaves with hot peppers (black, white & cayanne)mixed with water. Is this true & could it warm my vegetables? What do you suggest?


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Answer from NGA
June 3, 2009

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The pepper spray you describe won't hurt your plants and it may drive away insects so they won't feed on the leaves of your plants. If you can regularly monitor and tolerate some damage to your plants, over time Mother Nature strikes a balance, with the beneficials coming in to control the bad guys. Healthy vigorous plants will withstand insect attacks best, and it's really the best thing you can do to provent insect problems. Ladybugs and their larvae are voracious eaters of aphids, which often attack veggies. They often "arrive" a week or two after the aphids, so not spraying with chemicals is a good idea if you'd like to attract them to your garden to consume aphids for you. Check your plants out carefully (you may even need a magnifying glass) and write back describing what's eating them, and we can provide you with a more specific answer. Good luck!

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