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11 Cheap, Safe Homemade Garden Recipes to SAVE YOUR GARDEN in 10 Minutes or Less

Updated on July 18, 2015

Never purchase icky store-bought pesticide again!

Why bust your budget on icky pesticides, fungicides or animal traps when you can deter unwanted visitors with safe and cheap ingredients you already have handy at home? Whether you are dealing with a mischievous, flea-ridden puppy or slugs out the kazoo, these ten-minute-or-less tips should show you what to do!

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Kill Sidewalk Crack Weeds with Boiling Saltwater

You Will Need:

  • 3 T Salt
  • Pot of boiling water

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add 3 tablespoons of salt, and pour over weeds thriving in sidewalk cracks. Be very, very careful to keep an eye on any excess water sliding from the crack towards nearby flowerbeds, however. A stream of boiling, salty water could slay your beloved flowers, as well!

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Kill Fire Ants with Cayenne Pepper

You Will Need:

  • Red Cayenne pepper—as much as you think it will need.

This is a great, natural way to evict a fire ant nest. As one who HATES fire ants, I typically pour on the cayenne like crazy!

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Kill Pests (Especially Aphids and Spider Mites) with Diluted Dishsoap

You Will Need:

  • 4 T Liquid Dishsoap
  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • Pitcher
  • Spray Bottle

Combine ingredients in pitcher and spray onto plants. It will kill the little boogers right away.

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Protect Plants from Squirrels, Rabbits, Deer, Puppies and Cats SAFELY with Cayenne Spray

This one is equally safe for plants and mischievous furry friends.

You Will Need:

  • Red Cayenne Pepper
  • Water
  • Pitcher
  • Blender (Optional)
  • Spray Bottle

After thoroughly blending ingredients, squirt this stuff across the leaves of any plant you wish to protect. One time should do it for squirrels, but deer might return after a thorough rain causes the cayenne to slide off. For more information on how dog owners might use cayenne pepper, look here.

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Protect Plants from Deer with Egg Whites

You Will Need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 24 oz water

Using a blender, combine the egg white and water. Gently pour onto leaves.

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Kill Your Dog’s Fleas by Planting Fleabane

Plant fleabane directly beside your puppy’s doghouse, or beside whatever spot he most frequently romps around. When your dog brushes against the leaves, the plant’s natural oils will be absorbed by his fur, in turn making his hide far less tempting to pesky fleas.

More on Fleabane . . .

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Deter Nematodes by Planting Marigolds

Plant marigolds. Just do it already. Numerous studies have proven that marigolds deter harmful worms called nematodes, but don’t blanket your garden with them—one marigold plant per four feet should do fine. A marigold-dense bed can attract harmful beetles and slugs.

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Slay Snails and Slugs with Sandpaper Plant Collars

You Will Need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler, super glue, or paper clips

You heard that right! Sand paper’s roughness is exceedingly difficult for snails’ and slugs’ tender bodies to cross. Rings of sandpaper can make a world of difference. Cut your sandpaper into 3 inch high strips; eyeball the plant base, to determine the length, and attach the ends using your adhesive of choice. Wait until you are eye-level with your plants before cutting the strips. Creating a slew of too-small plant collars would be miserable.

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Use Beer to Set Up a Slug Trap

You Will Need:

  • 1 Can of Beer

Slugs will be drawn to the beer’s yeast, but after entering the pie plate, will be trapped. Pour beer into the plate, place outside, and be prepared for a disgusting site when you plan on checking your trap on Slug Doom’s Day.

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Use Molasses to Set Up a Silkworm Trap

You Will Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • Molasses

Silk worms need to climb from the ground to the treetops in order to build their nasty nests. Paint a ring of molasses along the tree’s base. Silk worms will be trapped, and other nasty creepy-crawlies, too. However, I’d try this with only one tree at first before painting every tree in the yard. Depending on where you live, you run the risk of attracting ants, too.

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Destroy Mildew with Water, Dish Soap, and Baking Soda

You’ll Need

  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • 1 tsp Dawn Dish Soap
  • 3 tsp. Baking Soda
  • Spray bottle

Mix the water, soap and baking soda, pour into a spray bottle and spray onto the plants. You should start seeing results at once.

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I hope you found these tips and tricks useful! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. Hearing back from readers always makes my day. :)

Happy gardening!

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    • Olivia Sanzzi profile imageAUTHOR

      Olivia Sanzzi 

      3 years ago from San Antonio

      Great question! White flies sure are pesky boogers, aren't they? Try thoroughly mixing 2 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent with 1 gallon of water, and then spray the mixture on your plants with a squirt bottle. There are three tricks to this, though:

      1) Apply this spray in the morning, because in the high heat of the day, the mixture might actually harm your chili plants

      2) (this is a big one) Reapply every time possible after watering your plants, and following every rain. This ensures that the larvae die, and that the grown flies don't simply come back.

      An alternative recipe is 10 oz water, 2 oz rubbing alcohol, and 1 T dish soap. This recipe is quite old and promising, but I must admit that I've never tried it myself.

      Please, let me know how it goes! Thank you so much for both your question and encouragement--it means a lot. Good luck! ^_^

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      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      Enjoyed reading the information given here. I have a question to ask. Do you know how to get rid of white flies? The flies which infects the chilli plants. I had few bird's eye chillies. All are completely destroyed by white flies.

      When they come, within few days the plants will be full of them

      Any suggestions?

      Great hub

      Voted up and shared

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