7 Homemade Plant Sprays For Your Outdoor Garden!

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7 Homemade Plant Sprays For Your Outdoor Garden!

Growing an outdoor garden is very beneficial for your health and for the environment.  Whether it's vegetables, herbs, or flowers, it can be hard to keep them healthy without spending a fortune on sprays.  Here are 7 Homemade Plant Sprays You can make and use in your outdoor garden.

Growing plants outdoors is growing in popularity.  More and more people are growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees these days.

What about growing plants inside?  That is also becoming more popular.

Being around plants can help you concentrate.  According to studies, tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, resulting in a higher quality result.

According to Ciphr.com here are a few ways having plants in an office can help a work environment:

Seven benefits of having plants in your office
    • They help to reduce stress.
    • They help to increase productivity.
    • They help to reduce sickness and absence rates.
    • They make workspaces more attractive to job applicants.
    • They clean the air.
    • They help to reduce noise levels.
  • They can boost creativity.

Being outside in a natural environment improves your memory, concentration, and retention.  It increases your ability to concentrate better on the task at hand.

7 Natural And Homemade Plant Sprays For Your Outdoor Garden

If you are one of the many outdoor gardeners, pest control is one thing that is most certainly on your mind quite often.  When it comes to keeping your plants, veggies, and herbs healthy, you want to keep all those plant eating pests away.

However, using chemical insecticides can be harmful to your plants, and are most certainly harmful to the environment.  So instead, there are many natural home pesticides you can use instead.  These homemade plant sprays are not only easy to make, they are also cheaper and safer to use than the products you can buy in stores.

The best way to make these natural plant sprays is to use natural products that you might just have laying around your house.  You will be surprised how garden pests will be repelled or killed by these safe and natural products.

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic is known for its strong aroma which is delectable to some while repellent to others.  It’s scent comes into play when you use it as an insecticide.  A single spray is good to knock out insects in the garden.

What You Need:

1 tablespoon dish soap
2 tablespoons vegetable or mineral oil
1 garlic head
2 cups water

What You Need To Do:

1. Peel the garlic cloves.  Puree the cloves with oil and water.  Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
2. Strain the mixture and add the soap.  Mix thoroughly.
3. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.  Use it on pest-infected plants.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Soapy Water

Soap spray is a very quick and easy homemade plant spray.  It is effective for controlling:

  • aphids
  • mites
  • beetles
  • other small insects.

What You Need:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dish soap or Murphy oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 quarts water

What You Need To Do:

1. Combine all the ingredients together.
2. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
3. Spray the mixture on the infected plants.  Use it as long as you can see the pests in your plants.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Citrus Oil And Cayenne Pepper

Citrus Oil And Cayenne Pepper

This organic pesticide works best on ants.  Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which repels spider mites and other insects on plants.

What You Need:

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
10 drops citrus essential oil
1 cup warm water

What You Need To Do:

1. In a mixing bowl, mix everything together.
2. Transfer the mixture in a spray bottle.  Before you use it, shake well and spray on the affected area.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Salt

If you want to treat plants infested with spider mites, spray it with salt water.  Plus, the ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen.

What You Need:

2 tablespoons Himalayan Crystal salt
1 gallon warm water

What You Need To Do:

  1. Mix salt and water.
  2. Pour into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture on the infected plants.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Tomato

Tomato

Tomato plants are part of the nightshade family which contain alkaloids or tomatine which is effective in controlling aphids and other insects.

Tomatine (sometimes called tomatin or lycopersicin) is a glycoalkaloid, found in the stems and leaves of tomato plants, and in the fruits at much lower concentrations. It has fungicidalantimicrobial, and insecticidal properties.[5] Chemically pure tomatine is a white crystalline solid at standard temperature and pressure.[1][6] Tomatine, as well as the closely related aglycon (or aglycone) derivative tomatidine have been shown to have multiple health benefits.  Wikipedia

What You Need:

2 cups fresh tomato leaves
1 quart water

What You Need To Do:

1. Chop the fresh tomato leaves into fine pieces.
2. Mix the chopped leaves with the water.  Let it steep overnight.
3. Strain out the plant material and pour into a spray bottle.
4.  Spray the mixture on the infected plants.  Use it as long as you can see the pests in your plants.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Orange Citrus Oil And Soap

This orange citrus oil and soap mixture is effective in treating your plants against slugs.  You can also spray it directly on roaches and ants.

What You Need:

3 tablespoons liquid organic Castile oil
1 ounce Orange oil
1 gallon water

What You Need To Do:

1. In a mixing bowl, mix everything together.
2. Transfer the mixture in a spray bottle.
3. Before you use it, shake well and spray on the affected area.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Onion And Garlic

Onion and garlic may not only be used when cooking — they are great for keeping insects away from your plants.  This organic spray can also hold it’s potency for one week when stored in the refrigerator.

What You Need:

1 garlic clove
1 medium-sized onion
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon liquid soap
1 quart water

What You Need To Do:

1. Mince the garlic and onion.  Add the mixture to the water.
2. Let the mixture steep for an hour then add the cayenne pepper and liquid soap.
3. Place the mixture in a spray bottle.  Spray on the bug-infested area.

Always test any solution, homemade or store purchased before using it full on your plants.  You don’t want to have an adverse affect and hurt or the plant.

Using these homemade plant sprays will help keep the insects away while still being safe enough to be used often.

Do you know other easy recipes to make your own pesticides?  Leave them in the comments below.

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Growing an outdoor garden is very beneficial for your health and for the environment.  Whether it's vegetables, herbs, or flowers, it can be hard to keep them healthy without spending a fortune on sprays.  Here are 7 Homemade Plant Sprays You can make and use in your outdoor garden.

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