Bug-off

You can make a good, organic, home-made pest repellent by catching a bunch of the bugs you want to eliminate – Japanese beetles, say – and put them in a blender with enough water to smush up all those crinkly, buzzing parts into a liquid you can spray out of a plastic spritzer bottle.

Then spray the infested plants as needed. What happens is that new Japanese beetles fly happily in, only to discover the leaves are coated with a diluted mix of their parents, nieces, and cousins, which is decidedly off-putting, and away they go.

Just one thing: Do not use your wife’s favorite blender or juicer. Trust me on this.

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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