Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

I love organic gardening with essential oils.  Therefore, anytime I can address fungal threats and pests with non-toxic, chemical free alternatives, I’m a happy gardener.  Let’s explore all the ways we can effectively use essential oils in the garden.

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

Rosemary

The woodsy scent of Rosemary may help repel garden pests. Simply put a drop or two on a few pieces of broken clay pot and scatter the pieces around your garden.  You’ll need to reapply the Rosemary essential oil to the clay pieces every few days, or after a rain.

Peppermint

The sweet scent of peppermint essential oil sends aphids, flies, and spiders running in the opposite direction.  Our DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray is easy to make!

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

 

Easy Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray

Use 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil per 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle on the leaves of plants. Shake often. You can even use this spray indoors around your baseboards and doorways to get rid of spiders.

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PRO TIP:  Want to learn more about organic gardening?   I LOVE this book by Barbara Ellis,
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control. 

DIY Organic Gardening With Essential Oils Spray

Unlike the easy peppermint essential oil garden and home spray above, our DIY Organic Gardening Essential Oil Bug Spray is meant to be sprayed directly on bugs.    I’m adding this to my arsenal of squash bug defense this year.  Ugh.  Squash bugs.    I’m an organic gardener and do NOT want to have to resort to chemicals to control the squash bug population.

It contains:

Orange Essential Oil

The D-limonene found in orange essential oil is harmless to humans, but deadly to most insects.
Because D-limonene  dissolves the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, they die of  asphyxiation and dehydration.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Virginian Cedarwood’s claim to fame in the bug killing business is it’s ability to disrupt octopamine, a compound that pheromone bugs need to live. Consequently, Cedarwood is bad news for ticks and fleas, but safe to use around kids!

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray With Orange and Cedarwood


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In a 16 ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

1/8 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Soap
38 Drops Orange Essential Oil
38 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fill the rest of the way with warm water.
Shake well. Store in a cool dark place.

Unlike the Peppermint Essential Oil Garden Spray above, this gets sprayed directly on the bug, not all over the leaves.  It may take a moment before they die, but dead they will be.

Have you been thinking of using essential oils in the garden? Need to order a couple to get you started?  Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils, like I use.

If you are interested, I’m running a special deal on your first order of a Young Living Premium Kit.  I’ll refund you $25.00 either in the form of an Amazon Gift Card or Pay Pal.  I also provide you with weekly information via email to help you build a solid foundation with your new essential oils.

How do you use essential oils in the garden?

Pro Tip:  Are you new to gardening?  Check out our Beginning Backyard Vegetable Gardens post!

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