Keeping your houseplants or garden thriving is no easy task. Diagnosing plant problems can be difficult, whether they’re hanging or dying, and reviving them can be a full-time job. But if your plants have holes in their leaves, you can be pretty sure who the culprit is. Bugs or pests eating your plants is always a cause for concern. Luckily, gardeners have tested methods to keep pests away and ensure your plants stay protected. Read on to find out how you can use a scented kitchen item as a pesticide.
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When bugs start feasting on your houseplants, it’s both frustrating and discouraging. Your plants are the most common, according to the Clemson Cooperative Extension Home & Garden Information Center infested by pests if they have been outside over the summer or if they are plants you have just bought. The first step when you notice a bug is to isolate your plant from any leafy neighbors and keep them away until the pests are gone.
If you catch the problem early enough, you might be able to manually remove the errors. If things get more serious, you may need to make alternative plans. Try this trick gardeners swear by to protect your houseplant from unfriendly intruders.
If your plant has fallen victim to pests, something in your fridge or on your counter could save the day. According to Dengarden, you can use Garlic to stop infestation. Put that chemical pesticide aside and opt for a garlic-based spray instead. Both organic and affordable, this method can repel pests like aphids, whiteflies, cabbage worms, moths, ants, and termites when sprayed on leaves.
According to Dengarden, insects don’t like the smell of garlic — just like some people — and the active sulfur compounds are the main deterrent. As an added bonus, you can also use garlic preventatively as a natural fungicide, as the sulfur also helps kill various fungal and mildew infections.
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You’ll be pleased to know that making a garlic solution is relatively easy. Start by pureeing a fresh clove of garlic in a blender or food processor until you reach a smooth consistency (you can also do this by hand with a mortar and pestle). Dengarden then recommends adding two cups of water and continuing to blend. When the mixture is ready, pour it into a glass container and keep covered in a dark place for 24 hours. Next, strain out any solids and dilute with additional water until you have a full gallon.
To get rid of these pesky pests, spray the top and underside of each infested leaf once a week. You can achieve this Twice a week when using this for outdoor plants and rain is forecast according to Gardening Know How. If using this on fruit or vegetables, be careful not to spray just before harvest time or you could end up with garlic-flavored zucchini.
In your outdoor garden, too, Gardening Know How suggests using garlic in intercropping — that is, planting garlic among other crops. Conveniently, garlic also deters rats, rabbits, mice, moose, and deer, but they require a little spice. When making your outdoor garlic solution, add a jalapeño or tablespoon of cayenne pepper and apply to your plants every two weeks or after rain. To keep voles out, water a barrier around your garden plants (no gaps) every two weeks.
However, plant experts warn against using garlic in moderation. Overuse of this technique can actually kill helpful soil microbes, Dengarden says.
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