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Recipes for your plant health and happiness

Do a test on part of a plant before total treatment if unsure of compatibility.  Dr. Bonner’s baby castile soap is fragrance free.

Soapy water solution can be used on light infestations of spider mites, mealybugs,scale, thrips or on sensitive leaves.

#1 – Mild Solution Ingredients:

4 T fragrance free liquid castile soap (not detergents with fragrance, moisturizers, degreasers, etc.)

1 gal room temperature water

Directions:

Gently mix and use in a spray bottle.

#2 – Extra punch solution ingredients:

1 whole garlic bulb, peeled of paper coverings

1 small yellow or white onion, peeled of papery outer layers and quartered

1 t ground cayenne pepper

1 qt warm water

1 T fragrance free liquid castile soap (not detergents with fragrance, moisturizers, degreasers, etc.)

Directions:

Puree first 3 ingredients in food processor or finely chop garlic bulb and onion and put in large pot.  Add cayenne pepper and warm water and stir together.  After steeping for at least an hour, longer = stronger, on kitchen counter strain through cheesecloth and retain only liquid that will go through your spray bottle.  Then add dish soap to the strained liquid and mix gently.  Spray your plants thoroughly, wetting both the top and undersides of the leaves.  Store covered for up to 1 week in a labeled container in the refrigerator.

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