Before using pesticides, try these home garden remedies

You aren’t the only one looking forward to harvest time in your flower and vegetable gardens, so are your neighbors. How to make homemade sauce for pasta I’m referring to insects, of course. Pasta sauce homemade And, you don’t want to be hosting a veggie buffet for all the bugs in your neighborhood.

Sure, there are effective pesticides that will quickly rid your garden of these hungry invaders. Sauce for pasta with chicken But before resorting to harsh chemicals, why not give some of these popular home remedies a try? Most were passed down through generations in my family, and the rest I picked up during long chats with fellow gardeners and strangers.

At dusk, place romaine lettuce at the base of plants with obvious snail damage. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce In the morning, gently retrieve the snail-covered lettuce and toss out.

Sprinkle chicken grit at the base of snail-infested plants. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes When snails slide or move across it, the course texture cuts them and they subsequently die. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce An elderly lady shared this tip with me, and claimed she’s never had reason to use toxic snail and slug baits in her garden.

Before discarding your used dill pickle jars, pour the remaining juice around your gardenias to promote flowering. Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Just one more good reason to polish off another tasty jar of dill pickles.

If you’ve been growing tomatoes for a while, you’ve probably heard that marigolds help repel garden insects. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can Common knowledge is that if you plant them around your tomato plants, hornworm moths will become confused and lay their eggs elsewhere.

Plant lavender around your leaf crops, and its intense scent should eliminate any problems you’re having with white flies and aphids. Sauce for pasta and sausage Definitely bring some inside, too, and your house will smell heavenly for weeks.

A personal favorite of mine. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch And, not just on my plate with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and garlic. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce Basil is also said to repel white flies, aphids and spider mites from garden tomatoes.

The strong smell of dill is believed to repel many insects. Homemade tomato pasta sauce It is also the host plant (a plant female adult butterflies lay their eggs on) to the Black Swallowtail – one of Florida’s most beautiful butterflies, and one of ten varieties of swallowtails in Florida.

Funny story: One Friday night a while back, a friend of mine decided to chop up some fresh dill and sprinkle it into his homemade sauce. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for canning He put the remaining dill in a glass of water and left it on the kitchen counter. Tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese Then, he left town for the weekend. Homemade pasta sauce to freeze Upon returning home on Monday, he found mysterious black droppings all over his kitchen counter. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe paula deen Unfortunately for my friend, his fresh dill was infested with Black Swallowtail eggs. Homemade tomato and basil pasta sauce The eggs, of course, hatched into caterpillars. Homemade spaghetti sauce from ketchup The hungry caterpillars proceeded to eat the dill, and soon after relieved themselves on his kitchen counter. Best homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes Guess what the secret ingredient was in the sauce?

Planting nasturtiums alongside cucumber vines is widely thought to repel hungry leaf-eating beetles. Making pasta sauce from scratch with tomatoes Their bright leaves and vibrant flowers make eye-catching potted plants. Making sauce for pasta Nasturtiums are edible, too, with a somewhat peppery taste.

Plant catnip between rows of radishes and eggplant and say goodbye to pesky beetles. Homemade pasta sauce for toddlers Share some with your cat, and you’ll have one happy cat. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Seriously, cats love this stuff!

Planting parsley in your asparagus beds will help repel hungry asparagus beetles. Tomato pasta sauce recipe jamie oliver Did you know that this pretty plate garnish is also very nutritious?

Maybe one of the best known remedies of them all. Pasta sauce homemade recipe They say roses love it, it is said to be a fungus fighter, a natural slug preventive. White sauce recipe for pasta by sanjeev kapoor They say not to use it in worm farming Florida because most worms just begin hanging at the beach with little Starbucks cups of coffee wearing shorts and Hawaiian shirts. Tomato pasta sauce with hidden veg recipe In any event it should make our soil a little better than before.

Most people don’t realize that 99 percent of the bugs in their garden are beneficial. Making a cheese sauce for pasta Unfortunately, applying pesticides will kill the good bugs right along with the bad.

These past few years, Naples has been experiencing a white fly epidemic. Homemade pasta sauce canning The good news is that ladybugs or lady beetles as they are called have proved to be super white fly predators. Recipe for easy homemade spaghetti sauce In fact, I release 5,000 ladybugs into my garden every spring, which has all but eliminated unwanted pests. Recipe sauce for pasta Last year, however, I had to release a few thousand more midseason, which still beats dousing my garden with harsh chemicals.

I readily admit that these home remedies for your garden have not been scientifically proven. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes Nonetheless, there are legions of seasoned gardeners out there who swear by them. Homemade healthy pasta sauce Give them a try, and you be the judge. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch fresh tomatoes If nothing else, companion plantings will add splashes of color and interest to your vegetable garden. How to make homemade tomato pasta sauce Like I always say, time spent in your garden is never time wasted. Homemade pasta tomato sauce It’s supposed to be fun not experimental physics, and if nothing works, you are not harming anything.

Mike Malloy, known as the” Butterfly Guy” sells nectar and larval plants for Butterflies at the Third Street Farmers Market every Saturday morning.