Category Archives: Natural Pest Control

December 6, 2015

Coffee Ground uses in the Garden

If you are like me you start the day with a coffee. I am lucky that I have a small coffee machine, and in an attempt to not buy a daily coffee I make my own. I am left with a lot of grounds from just making one coffee a day on my machine. Anywhere that sells coffee also has the grounds leftover, so why not ask them for some grounds? Ikea give away containers full of coffee grounds.

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Here are the reasons to use coffee grounds in your garden.

  1. Sprinkle coffee grounds around plants as a pest control. This has successfully saved many of my plants from slugs.
  2. Coffee grounds added to the compost heap help increase the decomposition rate.
  3. Mix grounds with water and use as  a fertiliser to give your plants that boost.
  4. To prevent plants getting fungal infections sprinkle coffee grounds around the base of the plant. This also gives a nitrogen boost to plants.
  5. Feed coffee grounds to your worm farm.

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Share the love of your daily coffee or coffees with your garden!

October 11, 2015

Natural Control of Bronze Orange Stink Bugs on Citrus

So, the poor old lemon tree is looking much sadder than usual. At a closer look I find hundreds of bugs. Off to google and the bookshelf I go to work who out these unwelcome visitors are. They are Bronze Orange Bugs, they suck the sap out of the tree (like blood suckers). No wonder the tree is looking a bit lifeless.

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The culprits are a variety of stink bug.

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I do not use chemicals in my garden as I always think of who else may be effected. For example if we are using synthetic sprays on insects what if a beautiful native bird has a feed on those insects it can not be a good outcome for anyone. Let alone the fact we are eating food from what we spray. I think if the label says you need to wear protective equipment you are damaging the environment.

I have come up with a natural ecologically safe, cheap method of treating the bugs. To make up the natural soap spray follow the instructions and pictures below.

Stink Bug Soap Spray

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