Fight garden pests with kitchen wits

Here are some ways to get control of your garden from pests that would destroy it.

Use baking soda to get rid of black spot, the nasty fungus that destroys roses.

Mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent
  • 1 gallon of water

Spray on roses early in the morning once a week until disease has disappeared.


Beer is used to get rid of slugs and snails. Place the beer in a shallow pan in a flat spot in the garden. The pests will crawl into the pan. Toss out  the beer and snails after they fill the pan.


Need to get rid of aphids? Mix up:

  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid
  • 1 cup of water

Spray it on leaves with the aphids.


Want to get rid of mites and thier eggs? Mix and strain through cheesecloth. Spray it onto the diseased plants.

  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 4 cups of wheat flour
  • 5 gallons of water

Or try this one:

1 tablespoon Sunlight dish washing liquid with 1 gallon of water.

Or try:

Applying rubbing alcohol to the affected leaves.


Keeping cats out of the garden? Mix and apply:

  • Chopped garlic bulbs
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper steeped in 1 quart of water
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