Are you looking for a natural and organic pesticide? As a gardener, I occasionally have run-ins with insects, especially aphids. When this happens, I have a safe and natural way to dispatch these devils. Garlic Pepper Tea. Every summer I put together a batch of Garlic Pepper Tea and in no time at all insect infestations are gone.
A while back I may have mentioned that I was growing some garlic and a few peppers. Just before we moved, I pulled all of the garlic from the garden and dragged it to the balcony of my temporary apartment. I left it there for a couple of weeks.
Once it had finished drying, I trimmed the tops and roots. This left me with a basket full of garlic.
My peppers were in a pot, so they came with me too. The pepper harvest has been a little weak ~ likely due to the move. Still, I was able to pluck a few for this recipe.
This recipe will make 1 gallon of Garlic Pepper Tea Concentrate.
Take 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers and add them to a blender. I’m using jalapenos, but serrano or habanero peppers will work too.
Fill the blender jar a little over half-way with water. Put the lid on the blender and blend on high. It isn’t a bad idea to wear rubber gloves and some sort of glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. This is powerful stuff, folks.
Blend until it turns to liquid. Carefully strain the solids. You will now have a very strong solution. Pour the tea into a clean 1 gallon container (I’m using an empty vinegar jug) and fill to the top with water.
This is now 1 Gallon of Garlic Pepper Tea Concentrate.
To make a spray to kill aphids, white flies, spider mites, and other pests, mix 1/4 C. of the Garlic Pepper Tea Concentrate per gallon of water. Add to any spray bottle (affiliate) and apply to infested plants.
Usually one gallon of concentrate is all I need for most of the growing season. Economical, safe and easy.
And best of all, your garden will smell like salsa. And, it’s adios to these pests.