Tip 3: Don’t be afraid of the ‘cides’
Did I just say that? Yup. I know what your thinking, pesticides? Really? Use pesticides. There, I said it. More specifically, use a good insecticidal soap and a good all natural fungicide. You can make both of these yourself, or buy all natural ones here, or from any garden center.
Here are a few recipes that are simple and effective:
insecticidal soap – for all your buggy friends
I start with a base of 1 heavy tablespoon of soap to 4 cups of warm water. This will be enough to fight whitefly. IF you are dealing with aphids or spider mites you may want to add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix. Be sure to wash both your hands and your food after handling or harvesting if you do this. You can also add an optional teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the mix as a fungicide.
Fungicide – for Powdery mildew
I have had good results with any of these 3 options. All 3 should be mixed in a spray bottle and vaporized thoroughly from stem to top, making sure to get the underside of the leaves. Remember. if handling a plant with mildew, make sure to wash your hands before touching another plant!
- 1 part milk to 9 parts water (make a fresh batch right before application).
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 cups of warm water.
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of warm water.
Preventative spray – good practice to avoid potential trouble
Neem oil is a well known to protect plants from both insects and molds that can affect your garden. It is a very safe, natural and effective way of preventing possible disease and pests in your indoor garden! You can either buy a spray from your local garden center, or make some yourself:
5 ml of neem oil to 4 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. (Neem oil is available at most natural health product stores)