It’s the middle of Spring here, and we are beginning to plan our vegetable garden. There is much to be done, but a quick and simple project to get started on is a natural, kid-safe pesticide. It can be used on indoor and outdoor plants with smooth leaves. Make sure you realise that this is a pesticide and will kill all bugs – good and evil, so only spray where necessary.
You will need:
the grated rind of one lemon
1 cup wormwood or tansy
1 cup lavender
1 cup sage
1 pint boiling water
1 teaspoon non detergent soap
In a heat-resistant 1 litre (aprox a quart) jar, mix lemon and herbs. Pour boiling water over the mix and let it steep until cooled to room temperature.
Drain, reserving the liquid. In a plastic spray-pump bottle, dilute 1/8 cup of the herbal liquid to 2 cups water and add the teaspoon of soap. Store the rest safely.
Now it’s time to spray those nasty, vegetable eating bugs.