Bug Jugs, Homemade Herbicide, Garden Dust
It's that time of year again - time to protect your fruit trees, kill weeds, and dust the garden for pests while saving the bees!
Here are three recipes:
Put all the ingredients into a gallon water jug and hang in fruit trees to catch pests. One jug per inch of tree diameter.
Mix well, apply with a sprayer or dish sponge soap dispenser Use caution; wear gloves and eye protection. 20% vinegar can cause burns on contact. Apply in dry, warm weather. A second application, within a few days of the first, may be needed for some weeds. Poison Ivy, brush, and vines will require more than one application. Be careful - this mixture will kill both the plants you want and don't want - don't get it on any that you don't want to die.
- 1 cup flour
- 2 TBS Cayenne pepper
Mix together and dust plants while there's dew on them. Works especially well to get rid of cabbage worms.
Natural Homemade Herbicide
The garden's just getting started. The broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and peas are planted. We're getting a late start this year, but there's still time. The weeds always seem to have a better start than the desirable plants. Here's a recipe to eradicate the weeds. This is a very effective contact herbicide.It's a great alternative to glyphosate and it's not dangerous to pollinators.
It will kill any plant on contact, both good and bad, so use caution. I use a sponge soap dispenser , when Ineed to get the weeds that are surrounded by flowers and vegetables.
Natural Homemade Herbicide Recipe:
Mix well, apply with sprayer or dish sponge soap dispenser Use caution; wear gloves and eye protection. 20% vinegar can cause burns on contact. Apply in dry, warm weather. A second application, within a few days of the first, may be needed for some weeds. Poison Ivy, brush, and vines will require more than one application.
Don't forget, it's almost time to put out the Bug Jugs. These Insect traps for fruit trees are terrific!
Apply this carefully when the pollinators are around. Although this is a bee friendly herbicide you'll still need to use caution.
Natural News had an article about the possible connection between glyphosate and infertility. This recipe is a great alternative to Roundup.
The distance of local
About twenty years ago the University of Missouri Southwest Center experimented with a 'close planting' garden. On a 30' x 30' plot one ton of vegetables was grown using only 27.5 hours of labor. Today it takes 4 hours, per person, of a five day work week to pay for purchased food. An estimated 70% of processed foods on the grocery store shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients, and then there's the distance that most food travels before getting to your store. Whole Foods Market defines local as within 700 miles. For Kroger stores, it's a two state range. Giant Eagle defines local as from the same state the store is located. This graphic from 1919 compares 'Vegetables Grown For Home Use Only' and 'Vegetables Grown For Sale'. So, what is he distance of Local?
You can't get more local than your own backyard. This is the time of year to start planning for next year's garden. Cover crops of green manure ( buckwheat, annual rye grass, clover, etc.) should be planted now. They'll add nutrients, aerate the soil, fix nitrogen, and feed the microbial life of the soil. Adding chopped leaves, from deep rooted trees, will mineralize the soil. Bare ground is the enemy of garden productivity.
Thank you to the staff of Farming Magazine for allowing me to use this graphic. It appeared in the Fall, 2013 edition of their great publication.