Each year I look forward to my spring vegetable and fruit gardens. They give me a sense of accomplishment along with providing my family food that is tasty and pesticide-free.
In order to keep my garden free from pests, fungi plus encourage pollinators I enlist the help of some of my favorite essential oils.
What are essential oils? Essential oil is a natural product extracted from a single plant species. Not all plants produce essential oils, and in the plants that do, the essential oil may be found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits.
Essential oils are also used by plants themselves. Naturally occurring essential oils in plants help with infection control, humidity control, hormonal effects, wound healing and attracting or repelling insects, birds, and animals.
The fact that essential oils are used by nature is why I can feel confident using them in my garden.
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can be used to deter pests:
According to David Stewart, Ph.D. of Young Living Essential Oils, pine, cedarwood, and hyssop essential oils are the most effective at repelling slugs. He recommends adding a few drops of any of these essential oils to a spray bottle with water and spraying the affected plants with this mixture to ward off slugs.
|Essential Oil||Pests Deterred|
|Peppermint Essential Oil||Ants, Spider mites, Squash vine borer|
|Rosemary Essential Oil||Aphids, cabbage moth, cabbage loper, mites|
|Tea Tree||Fungi (blight and powdery mildew|
|Eucalyptus||Fungi, weeds, mites|
|Oregano||Fungi (blight and powdery mildew)|
Fungus spray: In a 1-gallon sprayer add 10 drops Young Living Tea Tree and 1 Drop Young Living Oregano Oil, 1 Squirt Dr. Bronner’s Liquid soap, 3 T Baking Soda and the balance water. Spray 1 time a week in either morning or evening.
Ant Deterrent: Place a drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball. Place cotton balls around the perimeter of the area you wish to protect.
Slug and Snail Spray: Use a 16 oz glass spray bottle, fill with 10 drops Young Living Cedarwood essential oil, 1 squirt Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, and the balance water. Spray around the perimeter or directly on the leaves of the plant.
To deter other pests add 10-20 drops of specified essential oil, squirt of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap and water to a 1 gal sprayer. Spray every 2 weeks in the morning or late evening.
Therapeutic Grade Essential oils can be used to encourage pollinators:
Pollinator Spray: Use a 16 oz glass spray bottle, fill with 10 drops Young Living essential oil (as mentioned above), to water. Spray on buds and flowers to encourage pollination.
Being out of doors in the spring is one of my favorite spots to be. During the mid-day when I can’t get out of doors, due to the heat, I diffuse a favorite blend to uplift my mood and bring a bit of my spring garden indoors.
One of my favorite spring diffuser blends is:
I’ll be posting more blends on Instagram @GroundedLivingDeb
I’d love to see pics of your garden and hear what you are growing. Post here or on my GroundedLiving Facebook Page