How to Make Natural Aphid Killer Using Dandelions

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Aphids can wreck havoc on your gorgeous garden, killing plants before you are able to harvest a single vegetable. Because aphids reproduce so quickly, by the time you notice the insects on your plants, you’re likely in the midst of a full-blown infestation. Thankfully, gardeners can often combat the pests before any  major damage occurs.

Many of us gardeners refuse to use any lab-made chemical on our homegrown produce. It is the benefit of growing and canning your own food, because you know where your food comes from. So how awesome is it that you can use the natural benefits of a dandelion to help rid your garden of annoying aphids!

Plant Instructions has created a treasure trove of solutions for managing garden pests naturally. Using dandelion spray is one of them. Although dandelions have a bad rap for being weeds, they’re actually great medicinal plants with tons of uses!

To create your own powerful Dandelion Spray at home:

mix 2 cups of dandelion leaves with 2 1/2 gallons of water. Let it steep for about 3 hours, and pour into a garden sprayer

Spray directly onto affected plants being sure to spray under the leaves. Aphids often hid and lay eggs under the leaves, so be sure the leaf’s underside is not forgotten.

My advise to pull everything from the dandelion while steeping is to tear each leaf in half before covering with water. Because we are not steeping using heat, tearing the leaf will permit the natural oils and liquids from the dandelion leaf to saturate the water during the 3 hour steep.

Once the natural dandelion aphid killer does the trick, Bob Villa and Jennifer Noonan share the following tips to reduce the risk of further infestation by using these aphid control techniques to prevent the pests from returning.

  1. Introduce beneficial bugs. Bugs like lady beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps love making aphids a scrumptious meal.
  2. Apply dormant oil. Aphids love fruit trees. If you have battled aphids all season, apply dormant commercial oil to controls pests during the off-season, in mid- to late-winter to kill any eggs over winter months.
  3. Choose neighboring plants strategically. Oregano, chive, sage, garlic, leeks, onions, and other plants with strong scents can deter aphids from reentering your garden. Plant these in the areas of your garden where aphids have been a problem and near newly rotated crops.

How cool is this? Because me and my fellow canners care about where our food comes from and what we put in each jar, how exciting it is to know we have done something good for us and our loved ones!

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