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Sunday, December 22, 2013

For New Gardeners: How to Make Soapy Spray for Soft Bodied Garden Insects

For New Gardeners: 
How to Make Soapy Spray for Soft Bodied Garden Insects

Soft bodied insects are just that... soft bodies. That don't have a tough skin so to speak. The soapy water spray essentially dehydrates them by disrupting their systems.

The video explains the basic recipe I use. I find you don't need 4 or 5 tablespoons of dish soap as many recipes suggest. I always recommend starting with less and add more later. You can also add different things to your mix if you wish. That is up to you.

Aphids are the main soft bodied insect I get in my garden. You generally know when you have them as the cover the stems of your plants. They suck nectar out of the plants. Soapy water will do the trick on them.

From experience, I want to say... make sure you test spray your plants with any new spray that you make, buy or borrow. Just spray some leaves and wait 24-48 hours to see if it is safe for your plants. It is also important you don't spray plants generally when the temperature is over 90 degrees or during full afternoon sun. Morning spraying is best.

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