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A DIY Organic Garden Insect Spray That Works!

I have had problems in my backyard herb garden for a couple of years with some type of insect that devoured basil and marigolds (often the least-touched plants). I had tried a couple other organic pest deterrents with limited success. But this year the bugs were particularly bad and made their way across the path to eat all the growing tips of a trumpet vine. If I was going to get enough basil for our year's worth of pesto and a bloom on the trumpet vine, I needed to take action.
Note: the recipe is located on my blog-
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One of the things I had tried briefly last year that seemed to work was a homemade garden insect spray made with garlic and mint, a bit of cayenne and soap. So I decided this year to write down a "recipe" and record the before-and-after pictures to share the results. And I'm glad I did - I was blown away by the success of this easy, natural pest deterrent!
This shows how bad the basil had been attacked by the mystery bug (some have suggested earwigs, but I've never seen them), 2 weeks after spraying and then 4 weeks later. Can you believe it?
This is a super healthy basil plant now - even more healthy than my main garden basil that wasn't ever attacked. Seriously amazing.
Here's another before and after for you: the bugs attacked most of the tender new growth of my trumpet vine.
After only 2 sprayings (and a bout of rain after the 1st), the trumpet vine is loaded with new growth and I'm having to prune it back (if you know anything about trumpet vines, you'll know it's back to normal now, ha!).
***NOTE: read more and get the spray recipe on my blog AT THE LINK BELOW - I'm so happy to be able to share this with other gardeners!
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  • Carolynm
    Carolynm Winchester, VA
    on Aug 9, 2014

    I assume that this will not harm dogs.

    • Robin Henning-Urbanek
      Robin Henning-Urbanek Capac, MI
      on Dec 10, 2014

      Please check the ASPCA.org for information on the hazards of garlic, onions and other human food hazardous to dogs. If you want to play Russian Roulette with your pets, go ahead

  • Lorin G
    Lorin G Jacksonville, FL
    on Aug 9, 2014

    I have problem with snails. They eat all my plants, flowers and all. I do have a dog so am very cautious about what I use in the yard. Think this would work on snails?

    • Mary Braid
      Mary Braid Hagerstown, MD
      on Aug 10, 2014

      @Jami @ An Oregon Cottage I have had great success with sprinkling my used coffee grounds on & around my hostas. & other plants. It worked so great the first year that I bought some really cheap coffee & soaked it; then spread on more plants. Diatomaceous earth is great; just wear a mask when using. It can damage your lungs.

  • Doris Hare
    Doris Hare Woodbridge, VA
    on Aug 9, 2014

    Your basil was attacked by slugs and/or snails by all appearances. Next year when you plant your basil the very first warm muggy night or just over a rain in the evening check your garden by flashlight or lantern. You will be amazed and horrified! Not sure on the trumpet vine looks like a caterpillar bite.

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
      Jami @ An Oregon Cottage Pleasant Hill, OR
      on Aug 9, 2014

      @Doris Hare We have a ton of snails here, Doris, and I know what that damage looks like. There have never been any slime trails anywhere in the herb garden and the insect seemed to be focusing on the growing tips, which snails don't do. Plus the damage to the vine was up about 5 feet from the ground, so not snails, though I thank you for the idea. :)

  • Berni Rose
    Berni Rose
    on Aug 9, 2014

    We do have slugs - I see them on my sidewalk at night and sprinkle them with salt but my basil has also been eaten away but I grow mine in a planter on my back porch. Wonder what is attacking it?

    • Barbara Turner
      Barbara Turner Chesterfield, VA
      on Aug 10, 2014

      @Berni Rose Easy fix for the slugs. Saucer of beer. Gets 'em every time!

  • Joanne williamson
    Joanne williamson Magnolia, TX
    on Aug 9, 2014

    Coffee grounds sprinkled around plants help to deter slugs etc..

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