Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money and ensure the quality of food that your family eats. Almost all food products today are made using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Some of the food products are even genetically modified, which is not only bad for the environment, but can also have adverse health effects on you. If you are planting your own vegetables, however, insects can be a problem. An organic bicarbonate spray is the solution that you are looking for.
- Mix. You will need to combine liquid soap and water in a mixing bowl. Take at least half a cup of liquid soap for every half liter of water that you will use. Gently combine the ingredients together. Avoid creating bubbles and foam, sine this will make it more difficult for you to combine the other ingredients and transfer the mixture into a spray bottle. If excessive bubbles and froth occur, you should remove the bubbly surface using a spoon.
- Add baking soda. The primary component of the bicarbonate spray is baking soda, which is readily available in most grocery shops and supermarkets. You will need to add about a cup full of baking soda to the mixture. Use a spoon to mix these together. Allow the baking soda to settle in the mixing bowl for at least an hour, so that the small particles will disintegrate into the mixture.
- Transfer. Once the baking soda has completely dissolved into the mixture of water and liquid soap, you can then transfer the mixture into a spray bottle. Make sure that the baking soda has completely dissolved, otherwise the small particles can clog and become lodged in the tubing in the spray bottle. Make sure that you add a label on the spray bottle, and to warn the other people in the household of the contents of the bicarbonate spray. Some people may mistake the bottle for a homemade air freshener especially because the liquid soap can make the contents very fragrant.
- Spraying. To use the bicarbonate spray, spray ion the mixture at least once a week, specifically on the parts of the plants that are attacked by insects. These are usually the soft stems which are easy for insects to gnaw through, and the fruits. For leafy vegetables, make sure that you also spray on the fluid on the leaves. In a few weeks, the insects should go away. Some plants are more sensitive than others. For tender vegetables, you should make a more diluted version of the bicarbonate spray.
- Wash. When you use the vegetables for your meals, make sure that you wash away the residue of the bicarbonate spray from the surface of the leaves and the vegetables. Although baking soda is generally harmless especially in small diluted amounts, the liquid soap may have some chemicals that you should not ingest.
With a bicarbonate spray, you can keep your harvest plentiful and insect free without having to resort to expensive and harmful chemicals.