Garden Remedy: Homemade Pest Control Spray

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The recent discovery of aphids camped out on the big rose bush in my backyard got me Googling "organic pest control." While I read about many different methods (beer, ladybugs, strong sprays of water), I was intrigued by this spray concocted by the editors of Organic Gardening.

Created by compiling readers' recipes, this DIY "all-purpose" spray combines garlic, onion, hot pepper, and dish soap. I know if you sprayed all that stuff in my direction, I'd be inclined to get out of the way.

(The directions include the caveat that sprays with soap potentially can harm pests' enemies and pollinating insects, so watch where and how often you spray.)

For a complete list of ingredients and directions, visit Organic Gardening.


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