Nowadays people like growing their own vegetables and fruits; basically, owning their own kitchen gardens. And, why not? Who wouldn't love organic produce from their own garden without having to worry about the dangerous implications of harmful chemical pesticides and insecticides? Pesticides are not just toxic to the environment, but also to humans and animals. Exposure to these chemically-loaded pesticides has been associated with serious illnesses and a cause of number of health effects; ranging from respiratory disorders to cardiovascular issues.
If you are thinking, how you would even save your plants from bugs and insects, then you must know that there are some natural wonders present in your kitchen that can make for effective and natural pesticides - they'd be natural and chemical-less. We list down some of our favourite, all-natural, inexpensive, organic methods for making pesticides for your kitchen garden.
1. Neem Leaf
Neem has long been used for its medicinal and culinary properties. It is also known to be used as a deterrent to pests. This medicinal herb has a bitter taste and strong odour that may keep the bugs away from your plants, but non-toxic to animals, birds, plants and humans. It's best to spray neem oil on young plants where it is said to be effective for about 22 days. Add some neem oil to a dash of liquid soap and some warm water and stir slowly. Add it to a spray bottle and use immediately.(Also Read - 10 Wonderful Benefits and Uses of Neem: A Herb That Heals)
Neem has long been used for its medicinal and culinary properties
2. Salt Spray
One of the best and most natural ways to make pesticides at home is salt spray. In fact, not only does it help deter pests, it will also help increase nutrition absorption like magnesium and help plants take up vital nutrients like phosphorus and sulphur. You can add some salt in water and stir the solution well. Add it into a spray bottle and sprinkle on the plants. You can also sprinkle salt around the base of your plants, reapplying every week.
3. Onion And Garlic Spray
Take about one clove of garlic and one medium-sized onion and add some water to them. Let it stay for a while before you add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a dash of liquid soap to the mix. Use it on your plants to ensure that no bug infests your produce.
The strong smell of onions and garlic help keep bugs away
4. Eucalyptus Oil
The strong smell of eucalyptus oil deters insects and bugs. All you need to do is to spray some oil on your plants and see the results. Make sure you use it regularly.
5. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Chrysanthemum flowers are said to hold a powerful plant chemical compound known as pyrethrum. This substance is believed to damage the nervous system of insects and pests. All you need to do is to boil some dried flowers in to a pan full of water for about 20 minutes. Strain, cool and add it into your spray bottle. This solution can be stored up to two months. In order to make it more effective, you can add some neem oil to it.
Save your kitchen garden from bug infestation and grow organic food at the comfort of your home like never before!