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The Llewellyn Journal

Organic Garden Bug Killers

This article was written by Silver RavenWolf
posted under Pagan

In HedgeWitchery, we try to be as safely organic as possible! This is good for you as well as the environment. To minimize predators in your magickal garden (and therefore extending into your life), try the following tips:

Last year, I incorporated all five of these natural ideas into my garden and backyard plans. As a result, I had little difficulty with bugs, even though it was a bad year for Japanese beetles and whiteflies. To remove the Japanese beetles, I erected a large bamboo broom twenty feet away from my garden and hung a Japanese beetle trap there, along with magickal runes for banishment. To remove the whiteflies/aphids, I used the following natural formula:
  1. Formula One (for Aphids)
    I used this for my marigolds. Water plant before application. First, make garlic oil: mince one whole garlic bulb in a cup of vegetable oil. Put in a jar and cap tightly. Set in refrigerator for two to three days. Then, mix together in a spray bottle:

    1 tablespoon garlic oil
    3 drops liquid dish soap
    1 quart water
    1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil

    Test the formula on one plant. Wait 24 hours. If no damage, spray plants liberally.

  2. Formula Two (for Japanese Beetles)
    I used this for my garden. Water plant before application.
    1/2 cup dried cayenne peppers
    1/2 cup dried jalapeño peppers
    1 gallon water

    Optional: substitute 1 cup of dried habana peppers for jalapeño and cayenne.

    Boil water, add peppers, and simmer for thirty minutes. Keep the pot covered while simmering, as the steam is highly potent! Cool. Strain. Pour into spray bottle. Test formula on one plant. Wait 24 hours. If no damage, spray plants after every rain or once a week during the height of Japanese beetle season in your area.

  3. Formula Three
    This is a general bug killer—I used this on my hostas. Water plant before application.

    3 hot peppers
    3 cloves garlic
    1 small onion
    1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
    2 tablespoons peppermint essential oil
    3 cups water

    Purée peppers, garlic, and onion in blender. Add dish soap and water. Let stand for 24 hours. Strain. Pour in mister bottle. Test formula on one plant. Wait 24 hours. If no damage, spray plants.

From HedgeWitch: Spells, Crafts & Rituals for Natural Magick by Silver RavenWolf


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