Everyone who guessed Pap used the can for sevin dust was right. Most years we have trouble with bugs eating the beans-not much else just the beans. I don’t like to use sevin dust even though I grew up eating from a garden where it was used.
A quick google will turn up all sorts of homemade insecticides:
- water mixed with dish detergent
- water mixed with pepper flakes or chopped hot peppers
- pee-I think I might rather have sevin dust than pee
- planting marigolds or nasturtiums around the garden-I always plant nasturiums and marigolds but I can’t really tell if they help or not
- oily mixture made from dish detergent or peppers
- a sprinkle of wheat bran
- a sprinkle of tobacco dust-not sure where you’d get that unless you grew tobacco or knew someone who did
- a tea made from tobacco and water-most recipes said this type of insecticide should be used sparingly due to the high nicotine content
- releasing friendly bug eating bugs in your garden like ladybugs
- pick the bugs off by hand and drown in a jug of water-this would take the patience of Job if you had a big garden-but I know folks who do it every year
The only homemade insecticide I’ve ever used from the list above is the pepper/oil mixture. Maybe my mixture recipe was off, but it didn’t work for me. Do you use the old stand by sevin dust or have you found a more natural remedy that works?