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New and traditional garden pest control solutions
Aphid killer and insecticides for plants
Tobacco Water: Tobacco water, tobacco juice, tobacco dust juice, or tobacco lime is a traditional organic insecticide used in domestic gardening. In the antique book ‘The English Physician Enlarged’ of 1681, Nicholas Culpeper recommends tobacco juice to kill lice on children’s heads, referencing it as an insecticide poison. Farmers have been using nicotine sulfate insecticide since the early 19th century.
Tobacco water is produced by boiling strong tobacco in water, or by steeping the tobacco in water for a longer period. When cool, the mixture can be applied with a spray, or ‘painted’ on to the leaves of garden plants, where it will prove deadly to insects. Whilst a ‘natural’ insecticide, it is non discriminatory and will also kill beneficial insects such as ladybugs.
Natural Slug Repellents
Lime: Sprinkle ordinary garden lime or magnesium lime around or on your plants and beds to build protective barriers. The water-absorbing effect will deter all slugs and snails. It is ideal for young plants as a temporary solution because wind and water, will make the barrier ineffective and needs to be applied again after rainfall.
Make sure that you do not overuse lime so that the pH value of the soil does not rise too much as some plants are sensitive to changes in pH levels. When using lime, always wear gloves, mask and goggles. Keep lime away from children and pets.