Homemade Garden Insect Repellent

Ingredients:
2 whole heads of garlic with the cloves separated and peeled.
3 cups of mint leaves and stems.
2 tsp of dry red cayenne pepper.
2 small squirts of eco-friendly dish soap.

Directions:
Pulse prepared garlic and mint in the food processor for several seconds.
Transfer mix to a pot with 12 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let it rest overnight.
Strain into spray bottle and add soap. Shake to mix well.

Use:
Shake before each use.
Try to use on cloudy days to prevent burn.
Spray the top and underside of the leaves.
Generally takes a day or two to notice results.
Apply as needed up to 3 times per month.
Safe for the entire garden.

All of the previously mentioned plants- garlic, mint and cayenne-
are effective at deterring insects on their own. However, when
they are combined, what you get is a super strength pesticide.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Garden Insect Repellent”

  1. That is a very neat concoction to disperse among your garden and home plants. I will have to try that sometime!

    1. Thanks for your response Tricia. I have been looking for something like this to share with everyone ever since I created my blog. I can’t wait to try it out for myself this summer. Maybe we can share our results. What do you say?

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