Survival gardens take lots of work and maintenance. And, too often, bugs can swarm in and set up camp in the garden. This can ruin the plants in seconds, and leave the gardener feeling frustration and helplessness (to say the least).
True, pesticides can be an effective option. However, these contain toxic chemicals that may be harmful to both the gardener and the plants. Not to mention, in an SHTF situation, these can run out quickly, leaving the plants defenseless.
However, DIY sprays are very helpful because they can be made (and then re-made) in a pinch. Not to mention, they’re often cheaper than store-bought ones, and don’t contain the chemicals.
And the best part is they’re effective at warding off bugs for good.
5 Bug-Be-Gone Sprays To Keep Survival Gardens Thriving
“Pure” Soap + Olive Oil
This recipe requires “pure” soap – aka soap that doesn’t have any synthetic chemicals. These can include moisturizers, bleach, detergents, and de-greasers.
Pour 5 tablespoons of “pure” soap into one gallon of water. Stir, and then add 2 tablespoons of any cooking oil. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and then spray on the plants.
This spray is so effective because the oil ensures it stays on the plants, giving them protection.
Tobacco + Water
Tobacco may seem like a surprising ingredient for keeping bugs away. However, it’s very effective. This is because the plants absorb the tobacco’s nicotine, which kills off bugs on the plants.
To make the spray, combine one cup of tobacco with one gallon of water. Boil the mixture for 30 minutes, and then strain and cool the liquid.
Keep in mind gardeners should only be spraying this mixture on a new plant that’s not yet grown. This way, the nicotine will have time to leave the plant before it’s consumed by humans.
Orange Peels + Water
This spray is not only effective, but it also smells delicious! Simply peel three oranges, and place the rinds in a blender with water. Blend until the mixture combines into a fine liquid.
Pour the mixture into every anthill in the garden. This will keep them from coming and eating up the plants.
Chili + Garlic + Onion
This spray is extremely effective, but is also extremely smelly. So use with caution, and use on outdoor plants.
To make the spray, grind one head of garlic, and one onion. Toss the garlic and onion into a 1.5 gallon container full of hot water. Add one tablespoon of chili pepper powder (any type will work fine).
Stir the contents, and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes. Then strain out the garlic and onion pieces, and pour in one tablespoon of “pure” soap.
Put the liquid in a spray bottle and spray down all the plants in the survival garden. One whiff and bugs will be running/flying far away!
Water + “Pure” Soap
This is a great spray for sensitive plants, such as lettuce.
Simply combine one gallon of water with 2.5 tablespoons of “pure” soap. This mixture will kill bugs, while simultaneously being gentle on more sensitive plants.