Over the last 3 years I have tried different organic sprays some I purchased and some I have made, they did not seem to work very well, or as well as I had hoped. I did try last year a spray that had only two ingredients and it was cheap to make. Mix in a spray container (I made sure to label it) about 1/2 cup of alcohol (rubbing), to 1 quart of water with a few drops of liquid hand soap. I sprayed around the ground every 3 to 4 days for a couple of weeks. After each application I also sprayed plain water over the leaves of the plants in case I got any on the leaves. It is my understanding that this is good for mealy bugs, but its good for others as well. This I did in one garden and the other garden I just planted the plants that are supposed to attract the good bugs (caraway, cilantro etc) and the garden with the plants around did fair better last year, so I may just go with that unless someone has a better idea?
I have also planted in the past Mint plants around a few areas where I have problems with ants.This summer I intend to try another method I have been told is beneficial, planting Basil close to tomatoes, it is supposed to make them a better flavored tomato as well as protect against a variety of pests, has anyone else heard of this?
I have also heard Mint planted around the house (outside) will deter mice, it worked last year with ants so I think I will try this, living in the woods we do find a few mice (mostly in the barn). May be able to get rid of mice and ants at the same time!
If anyone out there has tried earth friendly products that have worked, please let me know I would love to try them!
We had a few really cold nights last week, but so far so good!