Organic Garden Sprays:
Fungicide- & Powdery Mildew Spray:
4 ½ Liters water
3 Tablespoons Baking soda
1 Tablespoon Jik Bleach
1 ½ Teaspoon Dishwashing Liquid
Add all ingredients together and mix. Spray affected leaves after those worst affected has been removed. Use with a light hand as the bleach can damage the foliage.
Nasturtium Spray (aphids, red spider mites):
4 Handfuls of fresh nasturtium leaves
4 Cups of boiling water
Pour the water over the leaves and steep for 25 minutes. Use 20 drops per 2 liters of water for spray.
Garlic Garden Spray (aphids, cabbage moth, caterpillars, mosquitoes, snails):
4 Large garlic cloves, unpeeled
7 Tablespoons medicinal paraffin oil
1 ¼ Tablespoon, oily soap, grated
550ml Hot water
Add the paraffin oil and garlic to a blender and mix to a pulp. Scrape into a bowl and let it stand for two days covered. Melt grated soap in hot water and add to garlic mixture. Keep in fridge, stored in sealed jars. Use 1 tablespoon of solution to 1 liter of water when spraying.
Hot Pepper Spray (avoid using the spray on certain vegetables as a pepper taste may remain):
6 Very hot Chillies
2 Cups of water
Put chilies and water in a blender and pulverize. Pour into a bowl and wait for 24 hours. Strain pulp through a cheesecloth or sieve. Use one cup of chili mix to 1 liter of water. Apply generously to plants weekly.
Myrtle Insecticide Spray (Ideal for whitefly, red spider mite and aphids):
1 pot of fresh myrtle sprigs
1 pot of lavender sprigs or marigold
Infuse these into 2 pots of boiling water and allow to stand for 12 hours. Strain and add 2 handfuls of soap powder. Mix well and spray onto affected plants.
Pawpaw- and Garlic Spray for Cutworms:
5 Garlic cloves
1 Handful of Pawpaw leaves
Blend together in blender and add pulp to 1 cup water. Let stand for 2 days and the strain. Use one cup of this mix per one litre water when spraying affected plants.
Garlic – antibiotic of the garden:
Garlic must be incorporated into the orchard, the vegetable- and flower garden. Due to its allicin oil quantities, it acts as an anti-fungal element. Try the following:
Plant garlic with strawberries, tomatoes and raspberries to avoid fungal disease.
Plant garlic with mildew-prone plants and those prone to rust and tomato blight.
Plant garlic under fruit trees to avoid scab and root disease.
Plant garlic in appropriate areas to deter carrot fly and aphids.
Plant garlic next to ponds or standing water to control mosquito larvae, or pour garlic oil into the water.