20160204A.jpgHere is a homemade insecticide that is easy to manufacture and relatively efficient.

Add a clove of garlic and two cups of water to a blender and run at high speed until the garlic is reduced into a purée. Pour the resulting mash into a container, cover and let it sit for a day. Next pass it through cheesecloth or a sieve to remove the pulp. Mix the resulting solution into 1 gallon (4 liters) of water, adding a spoonful of insecticidal soap to improve its adhesion. Now spray on plants infested with aphids, whiteflies and other insects. This insecticide has no residual or preventative effect: it must touch the insect to be effective.

And apparently it is also effective against vampires!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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