Herbal Garden Sprays – Protecting your garden, naturally.

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Tomato SeedlingIf you are the gardening kind then you will have noticed the beautiful growth happening outdoors regardless of what hemisphere you are in. My vegetable garden is producing a beautiful bounty and the herbs are bulking out after the prune they received last season.

Many of you have been posting about your gardening exploits, so I thought it’s time to post some herbal helpers to make your garden a bigger success.

For Aphids and Fungal Diseases

6 large rhubarb leaves
1 quart/1litre water
1 teaspoon of soap flakes

Finely chop leaves, add to a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and leave to steep overnight.
Strain well.  Dissolve soap in a little hot water and add to rhubarb infusion.
Mix well. Bottle & label. Use once a week and more often if it’s a serious problem or if there is rain.

For Powdery Mildew

4 teaspoons of bicarb of soda
3 teaspoons of soap flakes
1 cup/250ml warm water
3 teaspoons of vegetable oil
40 drops tea tree oil
4 teaspoons vinegar

Mix bicarb, soap and water.
Add vegetable oil, tea tree oil and vinegar.
Bottle, label and store for use.
Use 3 – 4 tablespoons to 2 quarts/litres of water, spraying the tops of plants and bottom of leaves.
Note: Use a large jar for mixing as the bicarb & vinegar cause froth to bubble up.

To add vitamins & minerals

Place bunches of nettles in a large container, cover with water.
Cover with a lid and leave until well rotted. Strain to use.
Spray the entire plant including underside of leaves.

Personal Bug Repellent

2 1/2 teaspoons lemon-scented tea tree oil
1 teaspoon cedarwood oil
1 teaspoon patchouli oil
1/2 teaspoon manuka oil
2 teaspoons of vodka or witch hazel extract
grape seed or almond oil

Mix all oils. Pour into a labelled a 1fl oz/30ml bottle and shake well.
Leave for four days to potentize.
To use add 4 drops to a 2fl oz/60ml bottle, add 2 teaspoons of vodka or witch hazel extract and will with grape seed or almond oil.
Shake well before applying to exposed skin.

Check out the gardening section on Herbology.com.au for more Herbal Garden Spray recipes.



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