Wednesday, November 23, 2011


We have been spending some time with our plants lately, you know, out in the garden. Tending to them, fluffing their leaves and adding nutrients to their beds. It's all rather peace loving, earth mumma, soul sister stuff. Until the leaves of my radishes disappear almost overnight, while teeny tiny green caterpillars grow fat on their goodness. Drastic action must be taken, how will I ever beat my rival if I don't get this sorted?! 

Picking off individual caterpillars quickly became tiresome and I knew there had to be an easier way. 0.23 seconds later, Google provided me with the answers I needed. 

Put a whole garlic bulb through a garlic press and let it sit in a glass jar with several ounces of mineral or salad oil. Mix a few spoonfuls with dishwashing liquid, hot pepper sauce and water in a spray bottle.  (source)

Caterpillar exodus complete.

Are you gardening at the moment?

p.s we've lost Internet connection at home, major pest. I'm missing your blogs. Posting this from the car that I have parked outside my folks place. Im thieving their wifi. ;)


  1. That is brilliant - I will try this. The slugs and snails have been a bit comfortable in my garden...

  2. My internet's being a real bastard at the moment too. That's an hilarious anti caterpillar spray recipe. Does it work on dogs and small children too? Kellie xx

  3. Fabulous idea, I'd run from such a concoction too I should think were I am creepy crawly. :)

  4. We tried all sorts to get rid of snails when we lived on the CC - even the 'good' beer in the snail traps. I gave up - the snails moved in. x

  5. Dude! Thanks. We have the same problem and I think it may also help to get rid of the vervit monkeys that keep stealing the tomatoes. Nic x

  6. As sad as this sounds I learnt this on the children's show Max and Millie.

  7. Thank you, I am going to use that on our nasty caterpillars! x

  8. Few weeks (Or maybe months?! Time with a new born goes so fast and becomes muddled. Not that I had a very good concept of time before, but it sounds so much more justifiable when you blame a tiny baby for lack of time skills) ago I set up a little balcony kitchen garden and was devastated when some pesky little bug started to munch on my chillies, peas and capsicums. Tried soapy eco dishwashing liquid water to no avail. I think I didn't have enough soap in it thoug.Will try your trick next, thanks!


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em