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From Pests to Guests: 3 Spicy, Soapy, and Tea-riffic Solutions for an Unbe-leaf-able Airgarden!

From Pests to Guests: 3 Spicy, Soapy, and Tea-riffic Solutions for an Unbe-leaf-able Airgarden!

Let's dig right in and unmask the culprits munching away at your aeroponic wonders in the Airgarden! Autumn, with its cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced everything, also ushers in a few uninvited guests to your leafy paradise. But fear not! We’re here to arm you with the know-how to send these pests packing, all while keeping it as natural as a barefoot walk through morning dew. Ready to become the superhero your Airgarden deserves? Let’s swoop in!


1. The Aphid Avengers Assemble... and Scatter!

Aphids despise a spicy life. So, let’s give them a taste of their own medicine with a concoction that’s sure to send them into a tizzy. Grab some chili peppers and garlic from your kitchen (or your neighbor's kitchen, with permission, of course). Boil these fiery friends in water, creating a potion that even witches would envy. Let it cool, strain it to remove the bits (nobody likes a clogged spray bottle), and add the liquid to a spray bottle filled with two-thirds water. This spicy surprise will make those aphids wish they’d messed with someone else’s Airgarden. Bonus: your plants will get a kick out of it too! P.S. - Aphids are a Lady Bugs favourite meal 🐞

2. Whitefly Whirlwind Meets Its Sticky End

Ah, whiteflies, the bane of many gardeners but no match for... soap! Yes, you heard that right. Mix a teaspoon of mild liquid soap (think baby shampoo or castile soap) with water in a spray bottle. This soapy solution is like a slip-n-slide for whiteflies; it coats their wings, making it hard for them to fly and disrupts their whitefly shenanigans. Spray it on the undersides of leaves where these little pests love to hang out. It’s gentle, effective, and smells a lot nicer than commercial pesticides.

3. The Caterpillar Conundrum Solved with Tea Time

For our caterpillar friends (or foes, depending on who you ask), let’s brew them a tea they can’t resist. This isn’t your average Sunday afternoon tea; it’s a special blend featuring Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a naturally occurring bacteria found in soil. You can find Bt in a powder form at your local garden center or local Bunnings & just them ask for some Dipel. Mix it with water as directed on the package, and voilà, you’ve got yourself a caterpillar-targeting tea. Spray it on your plants, and watch as the caterpillars decide they’d rather eat somewhere else. It’s like telling them the party’s over without having to raise your voice.

And there you have it, three kitchen-crafted solutions to keep your Airgarden thriving and pest-free. Not only are these methods easy and effective, but they also add a touch of whimsy to the art of gardening. Plus, you get to play mad scientist in the kitchen, which is always a bonus. Happy gardening, and remember, the best plants are the ones that stay uneaten (by pests, that is)!

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