If you are an avid gardener and have been looking for a chemical free way to keeping your garden green and pest free, you have come to the right page.
Essential oils are highly potent chemically complex compound structures at the molecular level. Their essence can deter several species of insects or attract some of them, based on which oils you use.
Many vegetable and flowering plants often fall prey to fungal attacks, bugs and worms of several varieties. The most common are:
- Squash bugs.
- Spider Mites.
- Mexican Bean Beetle.
- Flea Beetle.
- Tarnished Plant Bug.
- Tomato Horn worm.
- Slugs and snails.
While this is just a broad list category of bugs, beetles, worms and caterpillars, there are several other insects and birds that feast on your garden daily.
Ongoing research has shown that spraying chemical pesticides are not good for the plants. The vegetables and fruits it gives us ends up being toxic which will harm our bodies and those of the ones we love.
On the other hand, using essential oils is beneficial to the plant and the environment at large. It also does not poison the plants and the produce. It keeps away insects of all kinds, bugs and beetles, caterpillars and worms, even birds. Some of the best essential oils that are useful for spraying in the garden are:
- Peppermint oil.
- Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca).
- Rosemary oil.
- Lavender oil
- Cinnamon oil.
- Orange oil.
- Clove oil.
Peppermint oil has a very strong scent that repels most garden insects like Aphids, flies, beetles and spiders. Even ants do not like it.
Tea Tree oil is potent and helps fight fungal attacks on the plants. It is better to spray this oil on the stems of the plants and spray lightly on the leaves.
Rosemary oil repels many pests including larvae that eat up leaves. Spraying this oil on the leaves helps deter pests from chewing up leaves. It also attracts butterflies because of its woodsy scent.
Lavender oil attracts bees and butterflies which permit cross pollination and helps your plants produce more vegetables and fruits. Placing cotton balls drenched with essential oil near plants that have flowers attracts these garden friendly insects that help make your job as gardener easy!
Cinnamon has a pungent, strong earthy smell that deter a lot of pests. It also helps reduce the growth of weeds in your garden. Another sure fire way to reduce weeds in your garden is to hand pluck them yourself. This is good exercise for your fingers which keeps Arthritis at bay.
Orange oil is mild and has a sweet scent. It helps attract bees and butterflies. You can place cotton balls containing a mixture of rosemary, orange and lavender oils near flowering plants that will direct the bees and butterflies straight to those plants by way of wafting scents through the air.
Clove oil is aromatic which has a strong sweet and spicy scent, which keeps insects away.
How to use these essential oils in effective garden sprays:
Mix 15 to 20 drops of essential oil in quarter to half a gallon of warm water, depending on how strong you want the mist spray to be. Spray this mixture at least 2 times a week over your garden. Continue reading on how each of these oils benefit your garden.
How to wash fruits with essential oils:
It is good to wash fruits from the supermarkets and grocery stores to get rid of pesticides and fungicides. In half to one gallon of water, add 6 to 8 drops of Orange or Lemongrass essential oils, along with half a cup of vinegar. You can also add a tablespoon of rock salt, and mix it well. Add your fruits and vegetables and wash them well before use.
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