Kid-safe garden spray


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.

This recipe comes from which has a really great section on gardening with kids for parents.

One Response to “Kid-safe garden spray”

  1. Zoe

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    Thanks for the tip about the gardening for kids website, Claire.


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