Home Remedies for Vegetable Garden Green Worms

Overview

Home gardening is a relaxing and rewarding pastime that enables a gardener to provide healthy food for her household. Occasionally, however, home gardens become infested with garden pests, which cause a great deal of damage to vegetable plants in a short period of time. If you have green worms in your vegetable garden, you can avoid using toxic treatments by using home remedies to get rid of them.

Step 1

Pick off the larger worms using your hands. Green worms grow to sizes larger than an adult male's thumb, so large worms are very easy to remove with your hands. If you have an infestation of hundreds of green worms, pick off the larger ones before moving on to treat the smaller worms.

Step 2

Fill a spray bottle with neem oil or insecticidal soap. Spray the entire plant thoroughly, making sure to saturate both sides of each leaf, as well as the stem, fruit, and soil surface.

Step 3

Reapply the neem oil or insecticidal soap preparation to the plants every third day until the infestation has been killed off.

Step 4

Prevent further infestations by applying neem oil or insecticidal soap to the plants every other week. Both liquids are safe for humans and pets, and they are food-safe. Wash your harvests with warm, mild soapy water or with a mixture of 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water.

Things You'll Need

  • Kerosene (optional)
  • Neem oil or insecticidal soap

References

  • Ediblecontainergardening: Insecticidal Soap Recipe
  • Ediblecontainergardening: How to Get Rid of Green Worms in the Vegetable Garden
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About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.