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Say no to Roundup! Prepare your herbicide yourself

People are getting more and more interested in gardening and organic produce, because they are aware of the health hazards that commercial products can cause.

And yet, just because they are organic, that does not mean that these products are completely free of pesticides and chemicals.

Many organic farmers use numerous chemical sprays on their crops, in order to keep the weeds and the insects away. They often times use tools like biological controls and insect traps to protect the crops from insects. Because they are organic farmers, they need to respect rules like not applying the pesticides with equipment and tools that has been previously used to apply synthetic chemicals.

There are different plants that produce natural bactericides, insecticides and fungicides.

The USDA recommends the following insecticide:

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of natural liquid dishwashing detergent
  • One cup of olive oil
  • Spray bottle
  • One quart tap water

How to prepare it:

Mix the detergent and the olive oil in a spray bottle, shake it well and then add the water. You can spray this mix at ten day intervals, and it will eliminate spider mites, whiteflies, aphids etc.

Liquid detergent – alcohol spray

Ingredients:

  • One cup of rubbing alcohol
  • One teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Quarter of a cup of water
  • Spray bottle

How to prepare it:

Mix the detergent, the water and the rubbing alcohol, and then pour the mixture into the spray bottle. You need to test it first, and in order to do that, just spray the mixture on a couple of leaves and see if it irritates the plant.

Weed killer

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

Fill the bottle with the detergent and then add the white vinegar. You can spray the mixture directly on your plants.

It you want to avoid endangering your own and your family’s health, it is for the best if you start growing your own vegetables. Also, you can buy your produce from a local farmer that you trust.

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