Surely the reason for growing your own food and flowers is that you know the love and labour you’ve put in will manifest in nutritional value and beauty. Unfortunately, you're not the only hungry being around – and the word is out that yours are the most succulent tomatoes and luscious roses around. Seemingly overnight, pests have snuck in and are devouring some of your plants. Knowing that some of these vegetables will soon be ready for harvesting, and in the hope that the ladybirds might be helping themselves to some aphids, a safe, organic remedy would be best to recommend. Gundula’s easy-to-make insecticide will help restore the balance. Watch.
TIPS FOR USING YOUR HOMEMADE INSECTICIDE:
- This is a broad-spectrum insecticide. To prevent spraying other beneficial insects, spray only in the late afternoon or evening.
- If used at two- or three-day intervals, it will get rid off aphids, mites, cutworm, scale, thrips, whitefly, red spider, caterpillars and moths, beetles and ants.
- If you don’t have Tulbaghia in your garden, use fresh garlic which has antifungal and antibacterial properties too.
- Use diluted on young, tender plants.
- Do not spray on leguminous plants.
- Observation is key in maintaining the health of your plants. Resort to the use of insecticides only when absolutely necessary and not as preventative measure.