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We were looking forward to picking fresh tomatoes until there were hardly any left to pick! Here’s a little trick I learned to help keep some of those hungry little caterpillars from eating their way through your veggie garden. Since we only have a couple of tomato plants, I’ve been able to maintain pest control over the past couple of weeks using an ultra concentrated solution in my handy little 2oz spray bottle to nip our worm problem in the bud. Now that we have several healthy tomatoes growing again, I’ll use the less concentrated formula for maintenance. Both recipes are posted below. As our garden grows, we will also be switching over to a gallon sized sprayer. Anyway, here’s what’s been working with us so far. What’s working for you?
DIY GARDEN SPRAY RECIPES:
I made a really strong spray with 20 drops of essential oil in 2 oz, but I wanted to make sure to first get our pest problem under control.
1-5 drops is good per 2 oz of water, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per gallon of water (such as in a gallon sized sprayer).
* Add drops of Peppermint essential oil.
* Add additional drops of Rosemary essential oil (optional)
* Add non-toxic dish soap (optional). I suggest Castile soap like this one here can be purchased on Amazon or at your local grocery store, or Young Living’s Thieves dish soap which is infused with even more essential oil goodness.
Fill the rest of the bottle with water and mist veggies and surrounding areas on the plants once or twice a week.