Natural Insecticides for a Vegetable Garden

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Certain natural insecticides are great for use in your very own vegetable garden. Learn about natural insecticides that you can use in your vegetable garden with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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I'm Teca Thompson, farm to table chef, and today we are talking about natural insecticides for your food garden. So I have a few home remedies that I am going to show you today. One is a quart of water to two teaspoons of chili pepper. I have chosen cayenne. You are welcome to use fresh hot peppers if you like. I'm just going to place the cayenne into the water and mix with my spoon. Voila. So the next one we are going to do is a quart of water with about two cloves of fresh garlic. So I've taken the two cloves of garlic and I've mashed them in my garlic press. And I'm just going to add them to the water. With the garlic it's best if you let it sit for about an hour so the oils can really permeate the water. And then I find that you can add either of these to your favorite applicator. Mine will be a spray bottle. And just spray it on the plants. Now you want to make sure when you are spraying on the plants I would test it by using a small amount of plant at first. And make sure to use not too much at first. So you don't want to burn or shock the plants in anyways. But you do want to deter or kill the insects. A few others that I can recommend are canola oil. If you do one cup of a canola oil to a gallon of water and put it in an applicator in the same way or watering can. And do it over your plants that also works. Or you can go to your local farm and garden store and pickup an all organic insecticide which I like to use as well. And that is how to deter insects from your vegetable garden. This is Teca Thompson, thank you for watching.

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