Pap’s old sevin dust can
We don’t usually have issues with bugs doing damage to our garden. There’s always Japanese beetles on the beans but not much else that we have to deal with. Pap swore by Sevin dust, but I’d rather not use it unless I have to.
A quick google will turn up all sorts of homemade insecticides-like:
- 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 maybe that helps keep my bug issues at a minimum
- 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 recipe was off, but it didn’t work for me.
How about you—do you use the old stand by sevin dust or have you found a more natural remedy that works?