Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Herbs: Natural Pesticides for Gardening

Makes on think of a method known as companion planting, that has been used for centuries, and the wisdom of it's usage handed down generation to generation.
A method long used by organic gardeners who try to avoid toxic pesticides.

Now science tells us, some of what wise farmers have long known.
Study says herbs can act as 'natural pesticides'

Herbs 'can be natural pesticides'

Common herbs and spices show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides, scientists have told a major US conference.

The herb-based pesticides, at the moment, work in two different ways: some kill insects outright, while others repel them.

The pesticides are made usually by mixing tiny amounts of two to four different herbs which are diluted in water.

Advantages to these herbs useage:

Insects are less likely to evolve resistance!

Safer for farm workers, who are at high risk for pesticide exposure!

Better for the consumers!

"It comes down to what's good for the environment and what's good for human health."


  1. Don't forget to add a little bit of dish soap to allow for better mixing of ingredients! You can also add a little bit of veggie oil too!


    My tomatoes are ready! And sooooooo tasty!!

  2. Duh, been using natural methods here at the nest for years. Most of the reciepes were handed down by mu grandmother and others I created meself.

  3. Hey silverfish, care to share some of your own concoctions that work well for you?

    I've been using neem, combined with a little cayenne to keep the nasty groundhogs away from my beets. Works wonders! Kills aphids too - it's been a terrible year hear for them.

    Also, diatomaceaous earth works for spider mites and fleas really well - another bad year here with those nasties.

    Penny - how is your garden this year? Did you get your tomatoes in? Is it as miserable there with the weather as here? It's bloody awful right now. I'm melting.

  4. Yes, we have been eating tomatoes for about a week now, maybe a bit longer, and cucumbers, lots of them, though the vines have wilt, so they are declining.

    In fact this am, I had tomato avacado, onion, and some camembert cheese on a toasted bagel for brekkie

    We get wilt with the cucumbers every year, and are thinking it is a soil issue, but we still ate lots of them.

    All chemical free.

    we haven't had any real bug problems so to speak of, the vine wilt is the worse