If I were to utter the phrase “garden recipe” what would you assume I would be talking about? You might think this post is going to be all about cooking vegetables. Instead, this post is about using natural ingredients in your garden for such things as fertilizer and pest control. This explains the title of garden recipes. You can purchase natural ingredients online or at your local farm supply store that can be mixed together to create natural versions of expensive store-bought fertilizers and insecticides. These versions don’t contain the chemicals present in their store-bought versions. They are safer for you and the environment. Since they contain all-natural ingredients they break down in the environment without pollution. They can even enhance your soil in the case of natural fertilizers.
The garden recipes below include a list of natural products, such as insecticides and fertilizers, that can be used in any garden. This is a great way to keep your garden looking beautiful without compromising the environment. The best part about using these natural products is there’s no need for chemicals or poisons!
Natural Organic Fertilizer
This natural garden recipe is for organic fertilizer. You can use a 5-gallon bucket to stir up this recipe. Get a bucket with a lid, and you can add only the amount you need in your garden and store the rest. Be sure and get a bucket with an airtight lid. These dry ingredients can attract moisture. Measure each ingredient by volume, not by weight. You can buy in quantity online or from a local farm supply house. Seed meals are used to feed livestock, and different parts of the country may have different seed meals readily available. You can incorporate this fertilizer into the soil before planting and also add it during the planting season. There are lots of ways to use fertilizer in your garden and it will help your plants grow faster and stronger. Natural fertilizer is organic material like animal manure, compost, seaweed extract, coffee grounds, or cottonseed hulls that supply plant nutrients such as nitrogen or phosphorus in forms that can be taken up by the plants.
Mix thoroughly together:
4 parts seed meal
1/4 part ordinary agricultural lime, best finely ground
1/4 part gypsum (or double the agricultural lime)
1/2 part dolomitic lime
1 part bone meal, rock phosphate, or manure
1/2 to 1 part kelp meal (or 1 part basalt dust)
Garlic Pest Control Spray
A natural insecticide is a substance that can be used to prevent or control the growth of insects. The active ingredient may be a chemical substance such as pyrethrum (derived from chrysanthemums), neem oil, rotenone (derived from the roots of tropical plants), or sulfur. Alternately, it may be a naturally occurring substance such as garlic, lemon peel, or onion. A natural pesticide is any type of pest control agent that kills pests but does not contain any ingredients that can harm humans and other mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, or mollusks.
Combining garlic with mineral oil and soap creates an effective pest control product. Note that when applying this as an insecticide it is not selective and can kill beneficial insects as well. It can be used to control cabbageworm, leafhoppers, squash bugs, and whitefly.
To make this spray do the following:
3 ounces finely chopped garlic
2 tsp mineral oil
¼ ounce liquid dish soap
Allow the garlic to soak in the mineral oil for 24 hours. Add water and liquid dish soap. Stir well and strain into a glass jar for storage. This is your concentrate.
To use: Combine 1-2 tablespoons of concentrate in 1 pint of water to make the spray. Be careful not to make the solution too strong. While garlic is safe for humans, when combined with oil & soap, the mixture can cause leaf injury on sensitive plants. Always test the lower leaves of plants first to make sure they aren’t affected.
Oil To Control Dormant Insects
An oil spray is another natural garden recipe you can prepare easily. An oil spray is used to suffocate overwintering pests, such as aphids and mites. Most commercial products are made of kerosene or other petroleum oil. A much less toxic and more sustainable approach is to use a renewable resource such as vegetable oil.
To make this spray do the following:
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 tbsp liquid soap
Combine the soap and oil and stir to blend thoroughly. Add the water a bit at a time, stirring as you go (water and oil don’t really emulsify; soap helps the process). Pour the mixture into a clean garden spray container. Spray a coat of the mixture over the entire plant. Shake the container frequently as you are spraying. This recipe makes 1 gallon.
Homemade Insecticide Soap Garden Recipe
Soap has been used for centuries as an all-purpose pesticide. It disrupts insects’ cell membranes and kills pests by dehydration. The key is not to use too much soap, or you’ll also kill vegetation. Follow the proportions of soap to water in this Soap Spray garden recipe and your vegetation should be fine.
1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap (not detergent)
Combine ingredients, mix, then transfer to a spray bottle. Treat as needed.
All Purpose Pesticide Soap Spray
Here’s a great natural garden recipe that makes use of spices and roots instead of harsh chemicals. Strong smelling roots and spices such as garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger, rhubarb leaves, cayenne, and other hot peppers, are all known to repel insects.
Take a handful of one or a combination of these roots and spices and add boiling water. Make sure you have enough water to cover the roots or spices.
Add the roots and spices to the bottom of a mason jar. Cover with the boiling water, screw on the top and let sit overnight. Strain, and add to the Soap Spray from the recipe above. Place into a spray bottle and apply to the plants to control pests. Note that this will rot, so use it all up or freeze leftovers for another time.
Now you have recipes to naturally fertilize your garden and protect it from an invasion of pests. You can do all that without harsh chemicals that can damage the environment.