Homemade Organic Tomato Pesticide
Author C. Sanders. Published on June 10, 2011 - 2:31 am (954 views — 388 words
Growing organic tomatoes in your own backyard requires preparation. It is best to have an emergency plan for pest attacks through awareness of healthy and safe methods that you can use. It is vital to understand the theory of disease and pest prevention prior to their attacks.
Master gardeners assert that pests and diseases are indications of unhealthy tomato plants. So the best technique is to grow organic tomatoes that naturally-resistant to pests and diseases. It is important that you secure the crucial factors - such as appropriate soils management and moisture, and nutrients for the plants - even before planting your first seedling.
Even if you have highly-resistant plants, it is still best to have a natural organic tomato pesticide available anytime. You should remember that resorting to some chemical-based pesticides should only be your final course if every organic tomato pesticide and techniques you've tried all failed.
First is to use farmscaping. This is an old method of breaking the life cycle of pests, as well as alleviating diseases. You can incorporate flowering crops that can attract natural enemies of pests such as beneficial insects and birds. It is also advisable to plant a strip of sweet corn nearby your organic tomatoes to help attract tomato fruit worms.
A true-blue, home-made organic tomato pesticide is the garlic and chilli pepper spray. However, this concoction needs to be prepared in advance. Using a food processor, pulverize 6 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh chopped chilli peppers, 1 minced onion and 1 gallon of hot water. Take note that you need to use organic ingredients as much as possible. Experienced gardeners may advise you to use organic citrus juice or organic vinegar, and other similar ingredients. For other options, you can check the net for additional info.
Scoop out the mixture from the food processor and allow it so sit in a container for 2 days. Using cheesecloth, strain the liquid from the mixture and into a spray bottle. This mixture is capable of exterminating different pests and insects such as aphids, horn worms, fruit worms, flea beetles and caterpillars.
Monitor your crops after you've applied these methods. It is best to re-apply your organic tomato pesticide within a few days or at least once per week to make sure that the pests are eradicated.