Sunday, June 3, 2012

You Know What Really Bugs Me?

Flea Beetles.  Flea Beetles are the little critters that make the tiny pinholes in the leaves of your eggplant plants, and probably some other plants too, but they seem to be especially fond of my eggplants. So how do you get rid of these little critters without dousing the garden with chemicals that will also chase aware must wanted insects like bees.

So what to do you ask? Well I came up with a concoction that is inspired by Jerry Baker and a few other sites. I took one whole small garlic (about six cloves), one small onion and finely chopped both, then placed them in a pot with one quart of water and one tablespoon of cayenne pepper. I boiled it for about five to ten minutes on medium heat, be careful not to boil off all your water. I then let it sit over night. In the morning I strained the solids out and put the garlic, pepper, onion infused water into a spray bottle and went to the garden. I gently sprayed both the tops and bottoms of the leaves.

I will keep you posted on how well this works. But it nothing else, the garden smells extra good this morning.


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