Saturday, January 15, 2011

Natural garden recipes

He he, I have been tickled pink reading through a new book that I got today. The title is 'Healthy Choices', by Miriam Wengerd, and it is chock full of healthy/ natural recipes; everything from cookie recipes, to soap recipes, to the much coveted gardening recipes. ;) Here are a few that I will most definitely be trying out this year:

Garden Hint: Sprinkle salt on your cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli transplants to keep them free from worms.

Melon Mixture:
6 1/2 Tbsp. Epsom salt
3 1/2 Tbsp. borax
5 gal. water
This is for tasteless melons. Apply when vines start to run and again when fruit is 2 inches in diameter.

Pepper Spray for Pests:
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 cloves garlic
1 quart warm tap water
Mix, then let stand for one hour. Strain and put in sprayer.

Natural Bug Juice:
1/2 cup Marigolds
1/2 cup Geraniums
1/2 cup garlic
Put in blender and add enough water to blend. Strain. Mix with 10 gallons of water. Sprinkle or spray over, around, and underneath vegetables, especially lettuce.

Homemade Insecticide:
1 Tbsp. dish detergent
1 cup oil (sunflower, corn, etc.)
Mis 2 1/2 teaspoons of oil mixture into 1 cup of water. Spray on bug-infested plants.

Homemade Round-Up:
4 cups vinegar
1/4 cup table salt
2 tsp. liquid dish soap
To kill weeds and grass. Combine ingredients and spray where needed.

Recipe for Fruit Tress:
10 lbs. Lime
5 lbs. wood ashes
2 1/2 lbs. sulfur
1 lb. coarse salt.
Apply tight around trunks of trees. Keeps insects from going up trees (and keeps mice away!).

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