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Garden Pepper Spray. An All Natural Alternative To Insecticides.

I posted a question earlier about a problem I had with burnt/brown looking spots and holes in my red bell pepper plant's leaves. One response mentioned making an all natural alternative to insecticides. I decided to try this out and this is how I did it. ~Ben N.
1) We took some of our previously dried assorted peppers and crushed them up in a bag. Jalapeño, cayenne and other peppers.
2) After crushing up the peppers, dump them into a boiling pot of water.
3) After boiling the crushed up peppers for maybe 15-20 minutes, pour the solution into a bowl and strain out the crushed peppers. We used a paper towel because it was handy. Put it over the bowl and pour slowly.
4) A funnel makes pouring the pepper solution into the spray bottle much easier.
5) We added a few extra peppers into the bottle for good luck.
6) Finally, spray a test area before spraying the whole plant. We will keep you posted on how it works.
Time: 30-45 Minutes Difficulty: Easy

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  • Alexandra Arena
    Alexandra Arena Forest Hills, NY
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Cool! Who would know?! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mjzdesigns
    Mjzdesigns Hickory, NC
    on Jun 18, 2013

    This is a great idea! Would it work as a deterrent to pets (cats, etc) playing in the garden? Or would they need to ingest it to get the effect instead of smell it?

  • Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems
    Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems Cary, IL
    on Jun 18, 2013

    @ I'm not sure. I noticed that while I was spraying, I was also adjusting the plants around the cages for better support, I could definitely smell/taste the peppers in the air. Enough to make me cough a little and get my head out of there. That might also be because it was still floating around in the air.

  • Patty
    Patty Tracy, CA
    on Jun 19, 2013

    cats hate this stuff as well. They will not go to the bathroom in those area's

  • Cathy W
    Cathy W Portland, OR
    on Jun 19, 2013

    OKAY.... Squirls love sunflower seeds, so much they were climbing the stalks to eat them right off the plant!!! Breaking steams on weaker stalks and making ravaged flowers, I had enough! Out came the hot pepper and sprinkled it on the flower! That stopped them!!! After the first bite, the "poor " critter had enough and couldn't wait to get to water! Problem solved. Except for the "hot mouth" they didn't suffer and my Sunflowers grew and I have seeds for another year!

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