Homemade Garden Insect Repellent

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.

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.

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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