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.
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.
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.
Reapply the neem oil or insecticidal soap preparation to the plants every third day until the infestation has been killed off.
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.
1/2 cup grape juice (not from concentrate) 1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice (not from concentrate)
Mix juices together and lightly gargle before swallowing. Drink once in the morning and once at night. If mixture is too strong, you can dilute with water as desired.
1 cup organic cranberry juice (not from concentrate) 1 cup sparkling mineral water 1 lime, squeezed 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients and shake well. Drink throughout the day. It helps to soothe a sore throat, kill germs and break up phlegm.
Vinegar and Lime
1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar 1 medium lime, juiced
Combine both liquids and gargle multiple times for two minutes and spit out. The acid in both liquids helps to break up phlegm.
The body tends to heal itself if given the right support. Herbs are a gentle way to promote healing.
The information contained on these pages is continuously revised and updated and each entry is verified by several sources, however it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. If irritations result from the use of herbal remedies, discontinue.
The conditions listed below are linked to specific herbs to use as treatment. Herbs are most effective if properly prepared. Consult Preparing Medicinal Herbs for instructions and advise about preparing herbs.
Many herbs stimulate the uterus and are unsafe for women who are pregnant. These herbs should be avoided by women of childbearing age:
There are many other herbs that are many other herbs that are known to be helpful during pregnancy and after delivery. Some are also good for the baby, such as calendula cream for diaper rash and fennel for colic.
Natural Home Remedies for Weeds in a Lawn
Use vinegar, full strength, as an effective means of ridding weeds from a lawn. Multiple treatments of boiled water are also a good way to get rid of weeds that grow in a lawn, especially along driveways. One teaspoon of rubbing alcohol mixed with 1 liter of water also makes a good spray for killing weeds, but it will also kill any plants it comes into contact with.
Natural Home Remedies for Fertilizing a Lawn
When mowing your lawn, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. As the clippings decompose, they provide the lawn with essential nutrients, nitrogen in particular, and reduce the need for commercial fertilizer.
Natural Home Remedies for Treating Pests
Prevention is the most natural and best defense against treating pests that plague a lawn. Chinch bugs, bluegrass billbugs, sod webworms, cutworms and grubs are just a few insects that can invade and cause serious injury to a turf. But proper watering, mowing and fertilizing provide the best defense against an infestation.