I’m a gardening whizz – my homemade spray will keep pesky bugs away from your plants – you only need two ingredients

Sometimes keeping pesky insects out of your garden is easier said than done.

Of course there are products you can buy to keep them out of your yard, but they are often expensive and not good for other wildlife.

Joe shared the tip on his Instagram account


Joe shared the tip on his Instagram accountPhoto credit: Instagram/@joesgarden.official
Garlic and dish soap make up the spray


Garlic and dish soap make up the sprayPhoto credit: Instagram/@joesgarden.official

So Joe, who posts helpful tips and tricks on his Instagram @,joesgarden.officialshared a simple hack you can use instead.

You only need two ingredients and some water, and insects will leave your plants alone.

Joe explained: “Of course you can use store-bought sprays, but they often contain quite harsh and polluting chemicals. This blend offers a completely natural alternative.”

Start by peeling a whole clove of garlic, then put it in a blender with a drop of dish soap and a splash of water.

Mix everything together until there are no large chunks of garlic left.

Then pour the mixture into a large glass and fill with more water to dilute.

“Let it sit for at least 12 hours to allow the garlic to enrich the water with strong sulfur compounds, then strain through a cloth to remove any remaining bits,” Joe explained.

You can then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you don’t have one, you can reuse old cleaning bottles once they’re empty. Just clean them thoroughly beforehand.

Apply the spray weekly to both sides of the leaves you wish to protect. Small pests and mildew should not be a problem.

Joe added, “This remedy is great, but I find it is more of a deterrent than a cure when you already have an infestation.”

“Nevertheless, it got rid of some small clusters of aphids on my plants.”

After he shared his trick on Instagram, other gardening fans tuned in and shared their tips.

One said, “An easier way is 500ml water, 500ml milk and about 15 drops of cinnamon.” oil! Works a treat!

Meanwhile, others thanked the garden genius for the trick and promised to try it.

“Oooh, I didn’t know that! My plum tree is literally covered in aphids, the underside of each leaf is covered in it, the branches are teeming with it,” one commented.

Another said: “Great tip! I didn’t know garlic helped treat powdery mildew.”

“I’ll try this August when the mildew is rampant in my area.”

Put the mixture in a spray bottle and apply to the foliage of your plants


Put the mixture in a spray bottle and apply to the foliage of your plantsPhoto credit: Instagram/@joesgarden.official

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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