Are you looking for a simple, effective, and chemical-free spray to use in your organic garden? You’ll love this Easy Garden Spray with Essential Oils!
Hard Core Organic Pest Control
It’s not easy to avoid both harmful pesticides and harmful insects in the vegetable garden.
Take it from someone who has gone to great lengths to keep chemicals out of the garden: We bought guineas, y’all.
Guineas are loud, annoying, ugly, and dumb, but they do eat lots of bugs while–unlike chickens–producing minimal damage to garden plants.
Though guineas do provide organic pest control in the garden, tending these strange little birds has proved challenging. If you’ve followed our Garden Adventures over the past few years, you may recall our struggle to keep poultry alive. For example: The Great Guinea Massacre.
Nevertheless, Mr. Native Texan is convinced the guineas are to thank for a decline in the population of destructive insects in our garden–namely the dreaded squash bugs we’d battled for years with little success.
Guineas Aren’t for Everyone
While guineas may be a great idea for organic vegetable gardens, the fact remains that not every organic garden can accommodate such creatures. Some folks just don’t have the space, inclination, or permission from their HOA.
If you fall into this category, I’ve got great news.
Try this Easy Garden Spray Instead
We use essential oils to make our own DEET-free bug spray for people. It works really well, so it stands to reason that an essential oils bug spray for the garden might work just as well.
After hearing of the success at Spyglass Gardens–an organic farm in Idaho where they’ve experimented with Peppermint Oil as a nontoxic pesticide–I decided to conduct a similar experiment in our own garden.
Between the guineas and this Easy Garden Spray, I’m happy to report all our squash plants are going strong! Thankfully, we’ve spotted only a few squash bugs and just a handful of their eggs, which we happily fed to the chickens and guineas.
It’s almost the end of June, and the zucchini harvest is already quite robust. The rest of the gourds and pumpkin vines are looking good, too. Whew!
Easy Garden Spray with Essential Oils
Ingredients & Supplies
- Sturdy spray bottle made of thick plastic — A small, hand-held spray bottle will work, but depending on the size of your garden, you may want to invest in a large garden sprayer.
- High quality Peppermint Oil*
- Combine 1 drop Peppermint Oil per 1 ounce of water in your desired spray container.
- Shake well before each use.
- Apply spray to every plant in the garden, making sure to cover the stems and undersides of leaves as well.
- Spray again after each rainfall.
*Not all essential oils are created equal–some are chemically altered or tampered with. Be sure to choose a pure, therapeutic grade oil for this Easy Garden Spray since you’ll be applying it directly to your food. For help getting started with essential oils, click here.