Organic gardening: natural pesticides

We had great success preventing our tomatoes from getting eaten this past summer by using a natural, organic pesticide. There are lots of organic pesticides that you can make on the cheap.

We used a cheap spray bottle with water and then mixed in some organic Brommer's peppermint soap: it smelled great.

Apparently, there are lots of other organic pesticide sprays, including:

  1. Tobacco or Nicotine
  2. Alcohol
  3. Salt
  4. Garlic
  5. Buttermilk & flour
  6. Dead bug
  7. Spearmint-Hot Pepper-Horseradish

For details on these alternatives, check out How to Make Your Own Pesticide.



Vinegar & Water

I've also used a vinegar and water mixture comprised of one part white vinegar to three parts water. Spray on the surface and underside of the leaves. Particularly good for aphids and spider mites. If using outdoors, you will have to reapply periodically on the same day and then about every three days until all signs of pest insects are gone.

Adelle Frank

vinegar question

So: does the vinegar not hurt the plants?  I know I've used vinegar to restrain some English ivy in the past.