Garden – natural bug spray recipes *(aphid/fly/natural/oxalis)*

Aphid Spray

Dissolve 1 Tbs of baking soda in hot water and then add 1 Tbs each of dishwashing liquid, oil and liquid plant food. Add this mixture to 5 litres of water and spray.

Fly Spray

This is a spray best used outside or in an area where furnishing and curtains won’t get damaged.

8 ml citronella
1 Tbs meths
2 tsp washing-up liquid
2 Tbs white vinegar
150 ml strong tea

Mix together and add water to make one litre. Pour into a spray bottle and set it on a reasonably concentrated spray.

Natural bug spray

3-4 chilli peppers
3-4 cloves of garlic
½ cup water
¼ cup liquid detergent
(I use Dr Bronner’s Castile soap)

Enough water to fill remainder of spray bottle

Steep the chilli and garlic in the water over a low heat for 15 minutes. Cool and then pour into a spray bottle with liquid detergent. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

Oxalis killer spray

Fill a 1 litre spray bottle with white vinegar to which you add 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp dishwashing detergent.


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  1. Hi Wendyl, I recall you recently talking about dealing with ants in your cupboards. I think you mentioned using borax mixed with something else. Sorry I didn’t write it down at the time. Can you help. Thanks

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      Hi Peter,
      Mix borax 50/50 with honey – about 1Tbs of each. Put in saucer and place in the way of the ants. Works really well.

  2. Hi Wendyl,

    I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for how to spruce up the BBQ and get it ready for summer without having to use chemical laden wipes or sprays? I’m thinking a few people would be wanting to dust off the barbie and hoping I’m not the only one a bit scared about what a mess they’ll find …!


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      The best way to clean off a barbecue is with tin foil. Scrunch it up and get going on the racks and anywhere else there is soot build-up. If you need extra cleaning power my cleaning paste is great on oven tops etc.

  3. Hi Wendyl,
    I have a pebbled garden that I have planted small shrubs in to replace some large hebbies that I pulled out, unfortunately a pile of little weeds have come up in the new garden and I don’t want to spray with anything that will kill my new shrubs. I tried spraying with straight white vinegar to no avail so tried spraying brown vinegar but still no effect. Do You have a solution.

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      Oh dear Karen, this is an outdoor flyspray and I forgot to mention that in my post. I have used it inside but only in areas where furnishings etc won’t be effected. You can also use it on yourself to keep mosquitoes away. Will go in and edit the post, thank you for bringing it to my attentions.

  4. Hello Wendyl! I’m very much enjoying your blog. Please pardon my English but being from the states could you educate me on what meths is? Thank you!

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      HI Amy, nice to have you on board over here in New Zealand! Meths is methylated spirits which I think over there you call something else. It’s basically an alcohol spirit which we dye purple here to stop people drinking it.

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