Pests and Diseases forum: non-chemical broad-spectrum spray...for cheap...

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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Sep 12, 2016 1:36 PM CST
I just wrote this in another thread so I'll modify here.

For decades out at my folks' house, I made up a garlic spray that I've often used as a deterrent for slugs on hostas. Basically, the really cheap powdered garlic at several dollar type stores, and water. Buy a few canisters as they are cheap. I use anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of a canister for my sprayer tank. Let steep for a few days, add a small amount of dish soap to break the water tension on the waxy cuticle of the leaf, and load into a sprayer that I only use for this stuff. I am hesitant to use on the squashes because I like my squash bees. Likewise any plant in which I'm trying to encourage bees/butterflies. If you do use the garlic spray for anything, know that you must spray top and bottom surfaces of leaves. If it rains well, you'll need to reapply. Works on flea beetles on greens and cole crops as well. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who tries it...especially if it didn't work on a specific plant and/or pest.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Sep 12, 2016 2:21 PM CST
Thank you for posting. It's always good to know organic ways to control pests that work for people. Thumbs up I would love to try this on eggplants to see if it deters flea beetles, but that won't be until next year.
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Name: janet
Sep 20, 2016 4:15 PM CST
hi dont use anything in the garden it is totally organic for at least 8years and it works
frogs eat the slugs and snails got great hostas friend gets mad at me when she sees them
bats eat the insects and fish eat what falls in the pond
ladybird get the affids on my roses( sorry about any miss-spelling) but the only problem ive got is the dreaded lily bug!!!!!!!! Grumbling
put your hand under the lily or plant grab the beast if you missed its on your hand and you got it, the rest is HISTORY :hurray:
nature is great Smiling

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