For Love of Gardening

Eco-Friendly Bug Spray


This spray invigorates the plantís immune system and promotes the natural growth. It is eco-friendly to humans and garden helpers like ladybugs, honey bees, birds, wasps and hornets. It is an effective deterrent to significant damage by black spot, powdery mildew and rust and harmful insects like aphids, root weevils, earwigs and thrips.

This spray is compatible with large populations of earthworms and night crawlers that aerate the soil and convert soil organics to valuable nutrients that enhance plant growth and health


Spray Ingredients


4 gallons of water

4 325 mg. aspirin tablets

1 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)

4 Tablespoons of Miracle Gro soluble plant fertilizer

4 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap


Spray Preparation


Add 4 aspirin to one cup of apple cider vinegar and let aspirin dissolve. Stir to mix and then pour aspirin and vinegar into four gallons of water in a sprayer. Add Miracle Gro and soap. Cap sprayer and shake well to thoroughly mix solution.

Less expensive small sprayers are adequate for small home gardens. It is important to have a 2-3 foot wand on sprayer hose so nozzle can be inserted in center of dense growth to get good spray coverage. Use a sprayer with sufficient spray force to thoroughly wet all the foliage including tops and bottoms of leaves.

A spray cycle of twice a month was sufficient to prevent significant fungal or insect damage when the spray was allowed to remain on the plants for 24 hours without rain or overhead irrigation. Watch for early signs of mildew during spring and fall during cold night / warm day periods and spray immediately before mildew spreads.

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