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i have a garden,,,,and bee hives. is there anything i can put on my garden to rid insects and not hurt my bees? thanks.
 

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We use "insecticidal soap" on the plants to get rid of soft bodied critters. Here's the recipe from the website below:

"…into a quart spray bottle add:
- 1 tablespoon of shaved soap (not detergent), something like Ivory Soap
- 1 Teaspoon of vegetable oil (not olive or canola)
- Fill the bottle with water.

Place the cap on the bottle, shake, and allow to sit for at least one day.

Shake before using, and spray on, and around the insects and insect damage. You can also spray to prevent damage before insects arrive. You must rreapply the spray after a rain."

Remember, Ivory dishwahing detergent is not Ivory soap.

Walt
 

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White, powdered lime, sprinkled on the plants will rid them of most pests and raise the ph of the soil. A double positive.
 

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From Sharon Lovejoys book trowel and error.

Collect a bunch of the bugs causeing the trouble, crush them mix in about a cup to cups of water and spray the plants with the resulting mix.

:mrgreen: Al
 

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Iddee said:
White, powdered lime, sprinkled on the plants will rid them of most pests and raise the ph of the soil. A double positive.
Don't do this with blueberries or other plants that prefer acidic soil however. I did and lost a year of production and had to spend a bit of time trying to nurse them back to health.
 

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I have the dickens with leaf footed plant bugs sucking the life out of my tomatoes. I'm organic and last year was at my wit's end as to what to do, so out of desperation I took the only thing I had on hand, Dipel (Bt) and, even though it's for cabbage worms, put it on the plants. It worked! The buggers left! So I think it's probably the powdered consistency and not the ingredients that the bugs object to. But what with the added benefit of raising the ph in my very acid soil (my soil analysis always comes back, "add lime"), I've asked my husband to bring me home a bag of powdered lime tonight--it's nice to have a husband who works at a hardware store!
 
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