September 16, 2011

Healthy Way To Get Rid of Aphids From Your Garden

I came home with a 5-inch mulberry twig in hand. That was last year when I visited a friend's farm. I planted that little twig in a pot in my balcony, hoping that it would grow into a bush, bear fruit and draw more birds.

It grew and bore fruit, but it din't do well as it should. Aphids feasted on it.
So, came the search for a solution. I came across a gardening site that has homemade recipe for pesticides. I couldn't find that site again so I made a concoction based on memory.

Ingredients for homemade anti-aphids spray
  • 10 chilli 
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp hand-dishwashing liquid (bio-degradable)
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  1. Crush garlic and chili together. Mix it to a cup of water. Let it sit overnight.
  2. Strain the mixture. Add oil and dishwashing liquid.
  3. Put mixture into a hand sprayer and spray liquid to the affected area of your plants. Spray once a week or every after the rain.

The concoction may hurt young leaves a bit but it certainly wont kill your plant. Keep spraying until there's no more sign of aphids in your plants.

You can keep the sprayer in the fridge for 4 weeks. Wow, a pesticide that you can keep in your fridge!

Note: I think you can experiment on your mixture depending on how strong you want your concoction would be. what is important is that you know that you can make your own pesticide that is not hazardous to the environment and is safe to keep.

This really works! I've been wanting to share this formula but was waiting until I proved it myself.  My Rose of  Sharon that was also infested is now budding for the first time!



  1. Great tip to share! Thanks so much! With the dishwashing detergent, two things to add:
    1) This is detergent for HANDWASHING dishes, not dishwasher-machine detergent
    2) Avoid detergents with "grease busters" or "antibacterial." Both would be very bad for plants.

    Another popular "natural" (almost) gardener is Jerry Baker. Here's his Aphid Tonic recipe:

    Jerry Baker's Amazing Aphid Antidote

    1 small onion, chopped fine
    2 medium cloves of garlic, chopped fine
    1 tablespoon of baby shampoo
    2 cups of water

    Pulverize everything in a blender and let mixture sit overnight. Strain and put into a hand held sprayer; apply to plant liberally.

    Thanks again for joining!

  2. I got goosebumps looking at those insects. sayang naman yung rambutan ano.

  3. Hello... Hmmm I can't relate to it but i am happy that you solve that problem... Good JOB!!!! Hehehehe

  4. wow, that's a green solution it's really effective :) heheh.. Hello dropping by here sis :)..

  5. awwww! that is so sad :( left you a KI$$, girl! hope i get one back, thanks!

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  6. thanks for sharing an eco friendly anti insect spray. my uncle used to grow mulberry plants in their backyard. i just wish i have a house with enough space for gardening.

    dropping by via Green Monday! :)

  7. that's a nice tip, i haven't see one really but if it this happen, i will surely follow your instructions, thanks for joining GM, till next monday.


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