Hand Made Pesticides and Fungicides

The following are a selection of recipes for farms choosing not to use pesticides and fungicides. Cyber-Hydroponics is currently developing a vinegar-based herbicide, and we’ll let you know when it’s in production.

Always test your mix on a small test area first before applying wide-scale.

General Insecticide Sprays

Garlic Spray

Ingredients

125g Minced garlic
500ml Water
Teaspoon Dishwashing liquid

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients and leave for two days
  2. Strain and store in plastic or glass

Use

Dilute garlic mix to water at a 1:50 ratio.
Repeat application after rain.

Organic Mix

Ingredients

Handful of Tansy leaves
Handful of Rhubarb leaves
Handful of Mint
Several Garlic cloves
Teaspoon Pure oil-based liquid soap

Instructions

  1. Boil leaves and garlic together
  2. Strain mixture and add soap

Use

Spray underneath leaves.

Bug Juice

Ingredients

½ Handfuls Insect pests
Water

Instructions

  1. Put pests with water at a ratio of 1:2
  2. Combine using a kitchen blender or electric drill paint stirrer until a misty pulp develops
  3. Strain mixture through cheesecloth or similar

Use

Dilute at a ratio of 1:4.
Use liberally.
Repeat as necessary.

Sap Sucker Sprays

Lantana/Wormwood Spray

Ingredients

500g Lantana or Wormwood (stronger) leaves
1 litre Water

Instructions

  1. Boil leaves and water for 20 minutes
  2. Cool and strain

Use

Spray liberally on affective plants
Most effective on aphids

Rhubarb Spray

Ingredients

500g Rhubarb Leaves, chopped
1 litre Water

Instructions

  1. Boil leaves and water for 20 minutes in a glass or enamel container
  2. Cool and strain

Use

Dilute 1:100
Note Rhubarb spray will also kill predators and beneficial e.g. bees
Withholding period Two days

Plant Tonics

Comfrey/Stinging Nettle Spray

Ingredients

Comfrey or Stinging Nettle leaves
Water

Instructions

  1. Cover leaves with water and leave until water turns pale brown or green
  2. Strain

Use

Dilute 2:1
Spray as a foliar fertiliser and tonic
Also helps to control aphids

Liquid Manure

Ingredients

Manure
Compost
Seaweed
Non-seedling weeds

Instructions

  1. Fork material into perforated sack or box of chicken wire
  2. Suspend by tying sack/box with rope to a stick over a clean metal drum
  3. Fill with water, cover from rain and leave until water turns brown

Use

Dilute to colour of weak tea
Apply only when ground is damp following rain or irrigation

Fungicides

Chive Tea Spray

Ingredients

Handful Chives
Water, boiling

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients and stand till cool
  2. Strain

Use

Downy mildew on cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini

Milk Spray

Ingredients

Milk
Water

Instructions

  1. Mix equal quantities of ingredients together

Use

Dilute 1:9
Spray every 10 days
Mosaic disease on tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce