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Easy Homemade Garden Solutions

Spring is here and if you're heading into your backyard to garden, here are some great homemade bug repellants that are not only easy but also organic!

For Ants

Try: Mint Spray

  • 1 tbs peppermint essential oil (can also use an infusion made with mint leaves, increase amount to 1 cup infusion)
  • 1 quart water
Mix together and use as an insect spray.

Why it works: Mint destroys the smelling capabilities of ants and prevents them from entering your home. If ants are entering your pantry, place some mint leaves on the shelves and in the corners.

For Aphids, White Flies, Ants, Mosquitoes

Try: Citrus Spray

  • 2 cups orange peels (or lemons)
  • 4 cups water
Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add peels. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and use. Use water because the concetrated version is too strong for plants.

Why it works: Flies dislike citrus in all forms -- the smell is too strong for them.

For Snails and Slugs

Try: Used coffee grounds

  • Recycled used coffee grounds on your garden is good for your hostas.
Why it works: While the coffee grounds are a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, the caffeine kills snails and slugs.

For Black Spot, Mildew and Wilt

Try: Epsom Salt

  • 2 ounces of salt
  • 2 gallons water
Why it works: Epsom salt is composed of Magnesium Sulfate, which is crucial to healthy plant life.

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