Thursday, 4 April 2013

Chillies and Garlic, what a wonderful thing!

Slug and cabbage moth repellent! That's right a strong and potent natural pesticide that lasts up to 3-4 months in jar requires mixing one part to three parts water and spraying every couple of weeks or more if wet weather. It will deter almost all insects, so be prepared for this if you want to keep your bees happy.  I have noticed also that my brew is becoming stronger as it ages.

So here is the recipe:
1 Tbsp of soap flakes (instead of soap flakes you can use a grey water safe detergent, degreaser free.)
8-10 hot chillies (I used small dried hot Congo ones.)
4-6 cloves of Garlic (crushed is more effective than chopped)
Roughly a litre of boiling water.

Combine all ingredient in a glass jar or heat proof container, let stand for 24 hours and then carefully drain into the jar you will dedicate to keeping the concoction in.  Make sure the jar is airtight and stored out of direct sunlight.  Avoid rubbing eyes while making and using product or spraying on pets, skin or anywhere near precious items or objects, especially on a breezy day with your fresh white linens hanging on the line.

I have found this brew to be very effective in deterring cabbage moth and caterpillars, noticing the difference almost immediately.  This spray is very effective especially heading into Autumn where you will notice an increase in white cabbage moth, as your brassica plants start to mature. Good luck.

© Tasmaniasfeast 2013.

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