Let’s talk about bugs for a minute, shall we?

I may have jumped the gun a little and planted a few things outside pretty early. Okay, really early, like late January-ish. But, come on people, this is San Diego, and we were having a warm week, and I got a little excited. So a few things didn’t make it…but this is a learning process right? What doesn’t kill my garden makes it stronger, no? All I lost was some zucchini, and there’s still plenty of time for that.

On the bright side, however, we now have a ton of lettuce, the first signs of english peas, some adorable broccoli heads, and a cabbage head taking shape. With all of the rain we’ve had in the past month there have been a ton of weeds popping up, but my biggest problem has been that something or perhaps someone has been nibbling on the leaves of my produce. How rude!

Pretty, isn't she?

I want to keep things as natural as possible in our garden, so I consulted my gardening guru, my almost 87 year old Grandma, who, to this day, spends hours at a time in her garden. ( She looks amazing, and is awfully spry for her age.) She and my Grandpa have been organically raising there own fruits and veggies for years, like, way before it was in vogue. She gave me a recipe for bug spray that has worked wonders. Since I started using it about a month ago, all of the tiny bug holes on my leaves have been nowhere to be found. Can’t beat that with a stick.

I grew that!

And then there was the larger problem…a rodent of some sort was eating the heads off of everything! Our neighbor, who also has a beautiful garden gave us the following tip (Brace yourself people, this isn’t pretty): Pee (yes, pee, you know, mark your territory) around the edges of the garden. That’ll teach ‘em. Uh, and it did.
Anyhow, I’m still learning. What do you do keep pests and rodents away?

Here’s how to make the bug spray:

Grandma Mary’s Bug Spray

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapenos,  with seeds
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 drops baby shampoo

Blend all ingredients except shampoo in a blender until smooth. Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.  Strain, add shampoo and pour into a spray bottle. Spray leaves about once a week. Refrigerate between use.

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