12 Homemade Natural Remedies for The Vegetable Garden

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Whether it is some pesky bug or fungus, there are always issues to tend to in the garden. It seems that gardeners have always been on the cutting edge of natural solutions for common problems in the vegetable garden and the home. There are several reasons for using natural remedies in the vegetable garden:

  • The ingredients are readily available
  • The ingredients are usually very inexpensive
  • These rememdies are very environment-friendly
  • The remedies are very simple to make
  • The remedies will not harm your vegetables

Here are twelve recipes for dealing with common problems in the garden:

Soap Spray Insecticide

  • 1 tablespoon of liquid soap
  • 1 gallon of water

Mix ingedients in a sprayer and apply to both sides of plant leaves to get rid of aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Reapply after rain or as needed.

Garlic Spray Insecticide

For aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites

  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 gallon of water

Combine in blender the entire garlic bulb and two cups water, and blend on high speed until garlic is finely pureed. Put in storage container and set aside for a day. Strain out pulp, and then mix liquid with one gallon water in sprayer. Spray tops and bottoms of leaves thoroughly. Apply about once a week, and after a rain.

Baking Soda Spray

Treats powdery mildew and other fungus

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply to leaves of affected. It is best to remove leaves that are seriously infested if possible. Treat every one or two weeks.

Milk Spray

Treats powdery mildew and other fungus

  • 1 quart of milk
  • 1 quart of water

Mix milk and water in a sprayer and treat infected plants. Three separate treatments a week apart should control the disease.

Garlic & Pepper Spray

Gets rid of cabbageworms, catepillars, hornworms, aphids, flea beetles, and other insects

  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried hot pepper
  • 1 minced onion
  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • 1 gallon of hot water

Blend all ingredients and let sit for one to two days. Strain and use as spray. Ground cayenne or red hot pepper can also be sprinkled on the leaves of plants (apply when leaves are slightly damp) to repel chewing insects or added to the planting hole with bone meal or fertilizer to keep squirrels, chipmunks, dogs and other mammals away from your gardens. Be sure to reapply after rain.

Snail & Slug Trap

Place a small, shallow saucer full of stale beer to get rid of snails and slugs. The snails and slugs are drawn to the beer, but then drown once they climb in the saucer.

Sowbug (Pillbug) Traps

  • 1 small plastic container (tupperware bowl)
  • 2 tbsp of cornmeal

Cut a small hole at the base of the container, large enough and close enough to the bottom to allow sowbugs to climb in. Place cornmeal in container. Place container into area infested with sowbugs. The sowbugs will feed on cornmeal which will cause ingestion issues and kill the sowbugs. Replace cornmeal frequently.

Another natural remedy for sowbugs and other crawling insects is using Diatomaceous Earth

Sticky Traps

For whiteflies and fungus gnats

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Vaseline or preferably, non-petroleum Jelly
  • 4”x8” plastic cards or cardboard
  • Waterproof yellow paint

Apply paint onto both sides of the card and let it dry. Once the paint is dry, apply
non-petroleum jelly liberally over both sides of the card. Place the card just above the plant canopy.

Ant Traps

For unwanted ants in the vegetable garden

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of borax

Mix the sugar and borax, then sprinkle around any hills and travel paths. The ant will think it is all sugar and take the borax back to the nest. The borax is poisonous to ants.

Critter Spray

For getting rid of rabbits, deer, dogs and other four-legged critters

  • 4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3 tsp cayanne pepper
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 quarts of warm water

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply around the border of your garden. Those pesky deer or rabbits won’t dare enter your garden.

Deter Earworms

To get rid of earworms in corn, apply one drop of mineral oil to the tip of each ear of corn when silks begin to brown. Reapply every 5 to 6 days for 3 applications per season.

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  1. Another method for getting rid of fungus gnats on indoor plants is to mix 3 drops of dish washing liquid in 16 ounces of water and put it in a spray bottle. Then spray it on the soil and the plant. It suffocates the fungus gnats. It’s important to test the dish washing water solution on a leaf first to make sure it isn’t too strong for the plant.

  2. Do you have a suggestion for get rid of cats that are using my garden as their litterbox?

  3. Can’t wait it try your remedy for detering critters from eating my Basil…..Every year I grow it, and every year some animal eats it……geeze, let em’ grow their own! :)

  4. How do I get rid of small white worms from my broccoli and cauliflower?

  5. Anyone have any other solutions got corn worms other than waiting till silks are turning brown and using mineral oil on ends??

  6. JoAnne Bylina says:

    Thanks fo the black ant in the garden information. Jo Anne

  7. Any simple ideas to stop chipmunks from eating my tomatoes?

  8. I like the milk spray and garlic and pepper spray. It is very helpful and useful.

  9. Any suggestions for mixing up a fungicide to rid tomatoes of blight? We have had problems 2 years in a row with blight destroying our tomatoes. I have removed the diseased parts of the plants and have had to eventually tear them out and dispose of them in plastic bags. I want to try and be ahead of this problem if it happens again. Also we live in the Ohio valley area.

  10. Tried the beer saucer tip, worked a treat! Thanks

  11. what gets rid of Japanese beetles..they are killing my roses

  12. Wow great remedies! Never knew there are homemade remedies for getting rid of bug and fungus. Definitely giving these a try, thanks!

  13. Thank you for all the great “natural” tips on how to rid unwanted animals from the vegetable garden. My husband doesn’t seem to mind setting traps, but this really bothered me, so I’ve been looking for an alternative. I sure hope these methods work, otherwise it’s back to his method, which I highly disagree with.

  14. Shalimar says:

    Hi, I’m in south florida and started a vegetable garden (or trying) this year… and just noticed that my garlic died and the bell peppers aren’t growing and turning yellowish… just today moving the dirt, I found what online said “grub worms”… took 4 in a small space… i read about buying the nematodes, but is there another natural solution?… Thanks

  15. yvette hill says:

    Ihave a question about your critter spray. Will it do any harm to those animals? I live in country and we have about 7 cats and 6 kittens with more on way that live outside and we take care of, also 2 dogs and 1 kitten inside that comes out to play but they are driving me nots because they dig up plants, use restroom, mark their territory, and lay where ever choose to. I love all my animals but we have wild dogs opossims and skunks that come eat thing at night this has gotten worse over the years so will this do any harmful effect i need to watch for? Please email me asap thank i found this sight tonight and has been very helpfull already

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