Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Homemade Insecticidal Soap
I've had some problems with keeping down the cabbage worm population on my collard greens this year. I pick them off when I see them, but I still see carnage the next day, so I've been using a homemade insecticidal soap.
Homemade Insecticidal Soap:
1 TB. of Murphy's Oil Soap
1 gallon of water
Mix well and spray on plants when you are sure it will not rain.
It seems to have been working. I've not seen but one worm for over a week. I only sprayed once, and had to spray again today.
Janet over at Janet's Garden also uses this recipe with the addition of baking soda and mouth wash for mildew and fungus. See her before and after pictures of a sickly anemone which becomes healthy again with this spray. She also mentioned that it repelled male cats from spraying against her home. Apparently Murphy's Oil soap is a good critter repellent as well.
Gabrielle's Garden has a very helpful list of homemade garden recipes from natural gardening expert, Jerry Baker.