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10 DIY Garden Spray Recipes

This is a kind of confusing post because not only am I featuring a fantastic offer for a home delivery service I use to stock up on household supplies, but I'm also sharing a collection of recipes to keep garden pests at bay. Say what?

Okay, I don't know that this will make any sense to anyone other than me, but, here's my thought by thought process when I was outlining this post:

Peony and Lilac scented Mrs. Meyer's, I love that stuff, it smells like a BLOOM in a bottle!

*Pictures ant-covered peony blooms*

I hate ants. 

How can we try to get rid of them this year?

All-natural garden sprays! 

Spray bottles are included in the special for both new and returning Grove customers. 

See how I started with this fabulous Mrs. Meyer's Kit, went to the garden, and then came right back to Grove deal? So what is this deal? When you place your first Grove order of $20, you’ll get a free seasonal kit. Here’s what’s included:

The Mrs. Meyers spring soaps come in two limited edition scents, peony and lilac. Thanks to the blend of essential oils and plant-derived ingredients, they don’t smell artificial — just light and pretty.

To get your kit, sign up for Grove Collaborative here - Mrs. Meyer's Spring Seasonals - and the offer will be automatically added to your cart.

If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive a Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle for free - perfect for making your own fresh scented cleaner!

I save even more with my Grove VIP membership which includes: free shipping, price matching, exclusive sales, and free full-size gifts. When you submit your first Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. **I highly recommend taking advantage of the free shipping and personal service that comes with this membership so you can see if it’s right for you!**

Ready to get started on your spring cleaning and streamline your household shopping routine? This offer ends March 19, and SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED.
  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative and receive the Mrs. Meyer's Spring Seasonals Set free when you sign up! 
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket -- this takes under 30 seconds! 
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items. 
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box. 
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In the next couple weeks, the kids and I will be starting our garden. Things will be okay for a few months and just when our sproutlings are starting to mature the bugs will arrive. The only thing I hate more than pests is mildew. So here are 10 easy all-natural recipes that'll help keep pests and disease away. More than a few of them are also cheap ways to feed your plants!

3 Things You Need To Know About Garden Sprays

1. These sprays are efficient and can keep away beneficial bugs; don't use them unless you have a problem.

2. With most of these recipes you'll want to spray 1-2 times a week, or after a heavy rain, and ALWAYS in the evening.

3.You’ll want to be sure to spray the underside of leaves just as well if not better than the top.

Make-Your-Own Garden Spray Recipes

Bad Breathe Garden Spray: Large onion, 4-5 cloves of garlic, 2 Tbsp peppermint Castile soap, 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper. Mix everything but the soap in a food processor and then let the mixture steep for a few hours (outside-unless you like the smell). Run it through a fine mesh strainer into an empty gallon jug. *YOU must strain it very well, so you don’t clog the sprayer. Finally, add the soap and enough water to fill the container.

Herbal Spray: Steep half a cup of any strong herb (Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Lavender) in 8 cups of water for 30 minutes. Let cool, strain, and add 1 Tbsp Castille soap.

Aphid Spray: 1 tsp olive oil, 1tsp dish soap, 1 gal of water.

Pepper Spray: 1 tsp Tabasco sauce, 1/2 apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 tsp of dish soap.

Vinegar Spray: 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar (white or apple cider). *Helps fight fungus and get rid of pests.

Baking Soda Spray: In an empty gallon jug mix 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp dish soap, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and enough water to fill the container.

Peppermint Spray: 2 Tbsp peppermint Castile soap, 1 liter of warm water.

Epsom Salt Spray: 1 Tbsp of Epsom for every 4 liters of water. *Great for tomatoes, peppers, and roses. Spray every week and a half.

Cannibal Spray: As long as you don’t add any butter or oils you can use the water you cook your vegetables in as a fertilizing spray. Just be sure to let it cool before pouring it into the spray bottle or getting it on the plants.

Fungal Spray: 2 uncoated aspirin tablets in 1 quart of water. *Great for black spot, powdery mildew, and rust in the garden.

Powdery Mildew Spray: 2 Tbsp canola oil, 1 Tbsp dish soap, 1 Tbsp baking soda, 1 gal of water.

*All these recipes are made in a separate storage container and poured into a spray bottle. 
Erin Sipes
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