Thursday, November 22, 2012
A Recipe for the Butterflys
This is the time of year when those pretty white butterflies can be spotted fluttering around the vegie patch.
They are beautiful little pests, laying their tiny eggs on the undersides of delicious leafy greens - that is until miniature soft caterpillars emerge and eagerly devour everything in sight.
When we first started gardening we decided not to use any synthetic materials*, preferring to keep everything organic where possible. So each year around this time I mix a batch of natural 'butterfly deterrent' and each year, it works.
Here is the recipe
1. A full bulb of garlic (not a clove)
2. A good few glugs of olive oil
3. A few tablespoons of Dishwashing liquid
4. A few table spoons of tabasco sauce
Put whole garlic bulb through a garlic press and let it sit in a glass jar with the olive oil (strain through a tea strainer when done). Mix a few spoonfuls with dishwashing liquid, hot pepper sauce and water in a spray bottle.
Trust me,this will be good for your leafy greens. Indeed it's so beneficial for my rocket that I actually sacrificed a full head of our home grown, organic, fancypants garlic for the recipe. It physically pained me to crush it and not eat it, I even considered trying to salvage some, but didn't ;)
Do you have a natural garden recipe that you rely on?
*I am not an earth mother, last night I bleached my mo.... with bleach.