Garlic Juice Pesticide Recipe

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Garlic juice actually makes a fine pesticide so long as its prepared properly. Learn about garlic juice pesticide with help from a social entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Holly from Dinnergarden.org and today we're going to be making garlic, a natural pesticide for your garden plants. We're going to start, this is a clove of garlic. This is what it looks like whole. You can buy it at the grocery store, how you use it is we're going to cut off the top and then just peel it. A lot of people are intimidated by garlic because it has all this paper and stuff on it but don't be afraid of it, you can just pull it apart. We're going to crush it anyway so even if you mess it up it's not that big a deal. Okay, so I'm going to use, my recipe calls for three or four cloves of garlic. I'm going to use four because hey I like garlic and I have it here, three. I've got my garlic clove right there. I can smell it already. It's really strong. Garlic, knife, hand, smush it. It makes it real easy to peel and then it's already kind of chopped for you there, look at that. This kind of stuff can go in your compost pile and then I still have lots of garlic left. I can use that for cooking or whatever. It's not necessarily all for pesticide and peel off my paper here. It's not even hard to smush. I remember when I was a kid we had the garlic press and that was a nightmare. I don't know if you've ever used that but you put it in there and then you squeeze it and the garlic comes out and then cleaning it is even worse than using it. Okay so I have my garlic ready. I don't need to do anything super fancy because it's going in a pesticide so it's not like I'm serving this to family and friends. So we're just going to chop it up. You can smush it up in a mortar and pestle, however you want to do it is fine. We just need to make it so that the garlic part of it is you know, it has more surface area to really get into the liquid. What we're going to do is we're going to put it in boiling water and let it steep for a while so there we go. I'm going to let it, I'm putting it into my boiling water on my stove. I'm going to let it steep for about 20 minutes. My garlic and water has been boiling here about 15 to 20 minutes so it's hot. I'm going to start putting it in my spray bottle now so I'm going to add just regular water first because this water is going to be hot so I don't want to melt my spray bottle. This article, let's see what it says, sorry, one part, five parts of water to one part garlic mixture. So I'm going to do mostly water and then I'll pour in some garlic mixture. This is going to be used as a preventative in your garden so you're going to want to put it on the plants before they get infested. Do it one or two times a week. Once you get bugs in your garden that you don't want, then you'll have to switch to another kind of pesticide that's a little bit stronger. I'm going to put in just a drop of soap, but just a drop, you don't want it to be all soapy in there. Alright, now because I have that soap in there I don't want to shake it real vigorously because I don't want it to get all foamed up so I'm just going to swirl it around and then I'm going to label my bottle because anytime you have a bottle of something like this you want to put a label on it so you don't accidentally mistake it for something else. So we'll do garlic, soap, pesticide. I know in my house I have lots of things that are in the little spray bottles. There you go, once or twice a week on your plants.

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