Save Your Garden Sprays

Save Your Garden Sprays
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Here are a few different options to save your garden this summer… keep bugs, squirrels, birds – off, and an easy way to kill weeds! The best part – it’s super inexpensive!

For the different sprays you’ll need:
Water, some Dish soap (Amazon),  Red Hot or Tabasco (Amazon), Squirt Bottle (I will be using a 32oz bottle/1 qt./4 cups) (Amazon) and vinegar.
First up: Bug spray!
Put 4 cups of water in a squirt bottle.
(Since my bottle was 4 cups in size, I reduced the water just slightly to give the next step room.)
Add 1 tsp of dish soap.
Put the lid on and use this to spray on bugs on your plants. Don’t forget the underside of the leaves too. You’ll need to make sure it lands on the bugs and be careful as it will kill the good bugs too. The soap dissolves the bug’s outer shell.
Next Spray: A Red Pepper Spray
Just like the above put 4 cups in a squirt bottle, 1 tsp. dish soap, and add 1 Tbsp. Red Hot.
(Since my bottle was 4 cups in size, I reduced the water just slightly to leave room for the Red Hot.)
Mix, and spray on your plants. This is meant to keep the Deer, Squirrels, Mice, Birds, etc off your plants. Wear gloves to protect yourself from the red pepper when using this one. Test the plant in a small space first to make sure the plant can handle it, wait 4 days to see. Spray once per week, and if it rains you’ll need to re-apply.
Weed Killer!
Pour boiling water onto weeds and it will kill them. No harmful chemicals going into your garden.
Weed Killer – opt 2
Spray vinegar onto your weeds, the acidity eats at the weed and kills it. *It will kill grass too, so this one is a great use for weeds in mulch, rocks, etc.

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Comments (14)

  • Thanks for putting all of these on one page. I love these simple ideas that I know work, but I’m always looking them up because I forget which is for what and have to wade through more complicate formulas. This will make it so-o-o-o-o much easier to have it at my fingertips!

  • I have not found regular vinegar to be useful for killing weeds, unless it is 20% especially made for this purpose.

  • Great ideas! I have something eating my plants and I’m not sure what it is but I will have to try some of these. Pinned.

    • Sometimes it is so hard to tell. I would say start with the dish soap in case it’s insects. You could double up with the pepper spray too. Thanks for the Pin.

  • Thank you for the useful, inexpensive garden sprays. I like using all natural sprays. ANd I really like that they are inexpensive. Thank you for sharing.

  • GREAT tips! We have so many weeds and I get so mad when they come back right after all that pulling! I am going to try the redhotmixin my mulch beds!

    • Thanks Barrie, I know how you feel about those terrible weeds! I have a weekly routine of spraying ours, at least with the vinegar spray it’s less work that pulling 🙂

  • Great tips! One extra thought on the boiling water – it works on poison ivy and the like, but be SUPER CAREFUL doing it, because the vapor and steam will carry that same caustic stuff straight at you. My husband figured this out the hard way a few years ago. (yikes!) Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  • There is something here for every pest in my backyard. I’ll be potting herbs soon and this year the squirrels won’t eat them. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.


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