During tropical rains, the number of bugs and the problems for the gardener increase. Most gardeners are looking for safe options to use for their vegetable garden to keep pests under control.
Besides using a good natural pesticide, it is important to buy the easiest tropical vegetables to grow from seeds so you are working with the weather and not against it. Keep in mind that the easiest way to buy vegetable seeds in Malaysia is online as you can choose from a wide variety.
A great option is papaya seeds as they only grow in tropical and warmer subtropical areas. Another good option is to grow chili plants and sprouting seeds in Malaysia. One of the best microgreen seeds to plant in Malaysia is Basil as it is easy to grow and relatively quick to germinate; plus it is nutritious and a perfect addition to your dishes.
Natural home pesticides are easy to make, and they are cheaper and safer. Let’s take a look at the favorite natural pest control products that you can use in your vegetable garden.
- Oil Spray
This DIY insecticide is made from vegetable oil mixed with a mild soap. To do it, all you need are:
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of soap
Mix the vegetable oil and the soap in the sprayer, cover and shake thoroughly. Now that it is ready to apply, add 2 teaspoons of the oil spray mix with 1 quart of water, shake once again, and spray directly on the surface of the vegetable seeds that are being affected by aphids, mites, thrips, etc. The oil coats the bodies of the insects so they can’t breathe.
- Garlic-Mint Spray
For pest control, you can try to use this mixture of garlic-mint spray. To do it all you need are some mint leaves, that you can also grow in your garden and garlic cloves; blend them in a food processor or blender, add a bit of chili powder and a drop of dishwashing liquid.
Then place the mixture in the stove until boil and let sit overnight. Pour it into a spray bottle and use it to keep your vegetable seeds growing strong and pest free.
- Insect Spray
Growing vegetable seeds attracts every type of insects, especially during the rainy season, here is a great all-purpose insect spray.
1.5 tsp. of baking soda
5 tsp. of natural liquid soap
1 tsp. of cooking oil
1 tsp. of vinegar
5 cups of warm water
Once you have the ingredients, you need to blend with the warm water and pour it in a spray bottle to mist plants until they are wet. Don’t forget to apply the pathways and areas around your vegetable seeds.
Use it once a week as a preventive measure.
- Chili Pest Control
If you are growing chili seeds in your vegetable garden this pesticide is a great option.
½ Cup chopped chili peppers (the hotter the better)
2 Cups water
2 tablespoons dish soap just make sure to use one that has no bleach
Puree chilli peppers and water. Leave it all night. Mix in dish soap, be careful as this may burn your skin. Pour into a spray bottle and spray into your vegetable garden.
- Tomato Leaf
Tomato is another easy vegetable seed to grow and it is also a natural pesticide. Tomato contains alkaloids that can effectively control aphids and other insects.
To make your tomato leaf spray all you need is to chop 2 cups of fresh tomato leaves (the best ones are the ones from the bottom part of the plant) into 1 quart of water, and let steep during the night. Once ready, spray onto plant foliage.
You may love coffee but critter and pests don’t, they hate it. For ants, coffee grounds are fatal.
You can get rid of bugs by using recycled coffee grounds around your home better if it is in the area from which the bugs are emerging.
In a Nutshell
In certain aspects, natural home pesticides work just like chemical pesticides. For example, both will kill all types of bugs even a beneficial bug. So make sure to always test it out on a small portion of your vegetable garden to avoid any harm to the plant.
As mentioned, never use a soap dish that contains bleach or detergents on plants, herbs, and vegetables since this can be harmful to them. And finally, never apply it to any plant during a bright sunny day as it will burn them.