Kitchen alchemy: plant spray
One of this week’s kitchen alchemical projects (there are several ongoing): garlic spay for the kitchen view garden cowpeas, which are showing signs of aphid (I think) infestation especially on the buds and emerging pods.
I used a simple recipe:
purée raw garlic and water,
allow to marinate 24 hours,
strain to remove purée,
decant to random spray bottle.
It’s the first time I’ve made this all natural, organic, anti fungal, anti microbial insecticide spray. i have enough garlic from this year’s harvest and it’s a great way to use the small cloves.
Some recipes I found call for dish soap. I kept it super simple, zero additives.
If one isn’t using all one made at once, it does need to be refrigerated and will last about a week if stored this way, according to the great authority of the internet.
Another tip from same wisdom source: spray in evening when plants are dry. I sprayed in the morning, a couple of hours after sunrise, on a non-watering day. We are currently experiencing a heat wave of daily low 100s, with low humidity (no monsoons building) and not really experiencing morning dew for long after sunrise.