Protecting the environment, pollinators and our food consumables is a mission we all embrace when we are gardeners. Gardening for health and recreation as well as a therapeutic outlet seems to be our community of Gardeners who congregate on our Group Page.
Gardeners are an incredible group of people who all contribute something amazing to make this engine called Mother Earth humm seamlessly. But with that said, as energetic as we all are, the pests and bugs seem more energetic and we need to get in front of them prior to the infestation which will literally wipe out our harvest.
Here’s what we need to consider. Commercial insecticides kill on contact. They kill the bugs and insects in a bi-partisan manner. Chemical Commercial products kill the pests who come into contact with them, ALL OF THEM!
Consider that there is a whole lifecycle following behind, and unless you are standing out there…with your spray bottle and choose on a singular level those who are on the guillotine and those who have a reprieve, you will not win the battle.
OUT FOX THE PESTS and you can do this with NEEM OIL.
Last year in our GARDEN GROUP, I gave out samples of neem oil, it was in the later part of the spring that this became available to me, and we had a small window of time to work its magic but we as a trial group did see significant results. A little goes a long way.
Here is a small brief on Neem Oil, which incedently has been used for centuries for a multitude of reasons.
Neem Oil comes from the tree Azadirachta Indica, an Indian plant common as an ornamental shade tree. Neem oil can be extracted from most parts of the tree, but the seeds hold the highest concentration of the insecticidal compound. The effective compound is Azadirachin, and it is found in highest concentration in the seeds. Gardeners love it for its anti-fungal and pesticide properties. Neem Oil is most useful when applied to young plant growth.
Neem oil insecticide works as a systemic in many plants when applied as a soil drench. This means it is absorbed by the plant and distributed throughout the tissue.
Once the product is in the plant’s vascular system, insects consume it during feeding. The compound causes insects to reduce or cease feeding, prevents larvae from maturing, interrupts mating behavior and, in some cases, the oil coats the breathing holes of insects and kills them.
It is a useful repellent for mites and used to manage over 200 other species of chewing or sucking insects according to product information, including: Aphids Mealybugs Scale Whiteflies Neem oil fungicide Neem oil fungicide is useful against fungi, mildews and rusts It is also deemed helpful for other kinds of issues such as: Root rot Black spot Sooty mold
Terra Stone Organics offers Organic Neem Oil for your Garden Pesticide/Insecticide
1 -4oz. bottle Organic Neem Oil + 1 Packet of Radish Seeds for your enjoyment to plant as a fast harvest in your garden. Seeds + Oil $12.50
How to Apply Neem Oil to your Plants:
1.Apply neem oil only in indirect light or in the evening to avoid foliage burning and to allow the treatment to seep into the plant.
2.Do not use neem oil in extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold.
3.Avoid application to plants that are stressed due to drought or over watering.
4.Use neem oil insecticide about once a week IN THE BEGINNING, AND EVERY 14 DAYS AFTER. This will help kill pests and keep fungal issues and the lifecycle.
5.Apply making sure the leaves are completely coated, especially where the pest or fungal problem is the worst.
Recipe for Neem Oil Garden Spray
NEEM OIL AMOUNTS/DIRECTIONS FOR INSECT SPRAY
For 1 liter or 1 quart of a 0.5 % dilution of neem plant spray you need:
- 5ml (1 tsp) neem oil
- 1-2 ml (1/3 tsp) insecticidal soap or detergent (dawn)
- 1 Quart warm water
Just multiply these amounts if you want to make a bigger batch.
If you want to make a more concentrated batch multiply both the amount of neem oil and the amount of soap used.
- Use a High Quality Organic Neem Oil from Terra Stone Organics, LLC
- Use warm water if possible.
- Mix the warm water with the soap first
- Then slowly add the oil while stirring vigorously.
- Fill the mix into your sprayer.
- Keep shaking or otherwise agitating the mix while spraying.
- Use the mixture within eight hours.
- SPRAY TOP OF LEAVES & UNDER LEAVES WHERE INSECTS EXIST
IF YOU HAVE REMAINING SPRAY THE SOIL AND IT WILL ABSORB INTO SOIL AND ABSORB INTO ROOT SYSTEM.
REMEMBER NEEM OIL DOES NOT KILL ON CONTACT- THIS WORKS INTO THE INSECT SYSTEM AND DISRUPTS THE FEEDING / MATING /LIFECYCLE SYSTEM.
- Use your neem insect spray – within eight hours. Once mixed with water the neem oil starts breaking down. Always make a fresh batch for spraying, and only prepare the amount you need.
- Neem plant spray as a preventative measure: Spray every 14 days. This should prevent any insect problems OR INFESTATIONS.
- 1st Application : to fight an infestation: When spraying the first time, thoroughly drench all leaves and the soil around the plant. Then spray once a week until the problem ends. If it rains you may need to respray sooner
ORDER YOUR NEEM HERE– This will last an average garden 2 months.
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