Organic gardeners can spray this easy-to-make bug spray on any edible or non edible garden plants that show evidence of bug damage and not harm the environment. Chemical sprays and pesticides kill bees, butterflies, and other pollinators needed to produce crops. These toxic long lasting chemicals have harmed our environment, contaminated our rivers and drinking water, depleted the soil, and made people sick. This organic spray won’t hurt the plants, but it will repel crawling, chewing, and flying insects that dislike the smell or taste of the spray.
Lori Cameron, a longtime member of the Organic Garden Club, has grown an incredible backyard organic fruit and veggie garden in Thousand Oaks for many years. She often speaks to the Club at our meetings on “What is Happening in the Garden”. Last month she brought chili peppers she had grown and shared her recipe for an organic bug spray.
Put 2 quarts of water in a saucepan. Add 3 crushed cloves of garlic and 6 hot peppers and boil for 5 minutes. Let steep overnight. Strain through a cheesecloth or an old T-shirt, pour into a plastic spray bottle, and add a teaspoon of pure soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. Squirt onto any infested plants. Use this homemade bug spray to protect your veggie garden and respray to keep those grasshoppers away from your salad greens!