If you’re dealing with unwanted pests in your garden, you’re not alone. There are a variety of natural methods to deter pests and curious animals (see posts here and here), but if you’re looking for a new method – have you considered using essential oils? You may associate essential oils with scented candles and a variety of medicinal and cleaning purposes. Their potent scent however, can be used effectively to deter unwanted garden pests. Some are also powerful antifungals and can stop pathogens from infiltrating a garden. Because pure essential oils are safe to use topically and some internally – there is no worry about dangerous toxins or chemicals. Though, we do recommend thoroughly washing your vegetables with vinegar or castile soap before eating.
Here are answers to some common questions about using essential oils in the garden:
1. Which essential oils have pest deterring properties?
Peppermint: repels aphids, ants, beetles, caterpillars, moths – even mice!
Purification: this is a blend that can deter many flying nuisances, including flies, fleas, gnats, mosquitoes. Ticks and parasites have also been said to loathe the scent. Purification can also be used to treat fungus and disease on plants.
Cedarwood: discourages snails and slugs.
Lemongrass and citronella can repel a variety of insects.
Thieves, Tea tree oil, and Oregano oil: can treat fungus and disease on plants. Using a combination of these three oils are highly effective and loathed by pests.
2. How do I use essential oils in the garden?
Essential oil spray Add 5-6 drops of essential oils to 32 oz spray bottle, and spray on plants to prevent and treat pest issues.
Cotton balls If rodents are your problem, add 3-5 drops to a cotton ball and place in a rodent nest or hole. The scent will cause them to relocate.
Add to water container Stir in 6 drops of essential oils to 2 gallons of water. Pour into watering can and water as usual.
3. What other ways can I use essential oils in the garden?
Some prefer to clean their fruits and vegetables off by using essential oils. A few drops of lemon oil in bowl of water can be used to wash off dirt, chemicals, and potential food borne illness.
***Folks, which essential oils would most benefit your garden at the moment?
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