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    Protecting/fertilizing roses, berries, etc w/o chemicals

    Hey folks I'm growing some roses, blackberries, euclayptus, etc. and I want to know if there's any way non-chemical deterrent way to keep local leaf munching insects from feasting on them. My blackberry on the patio is getting the worst of it looks like a blackberry x monstera! LOL

    I don't want to use chemical fertilizers or deterrents on them that may be absorbed by the plant tissues so... does anyone have any ideas?

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    Hotttt Peppers!

    They sell a preparation that supposedly won't wash off in the rain, or you can make your own by buying some habaneros and run them in the blender with some water, (maybe a couple drops of oil?) and let the stuff sit for a couple hours, filter it and use it in a spray bottle to spray on the leaves. (I usually dilute it a bit, to make a bottle of spray.) Be sure to use the seeds and surrounding inner tissue, as it is the hottest part. I often use the seeds to grow, assuming they aren't crushed to pieces.

    I have done this for bugs and deer and other munching animals. Seems to work well.
    You might want to avoid spraying the fruit you want to eat, as it may not wash off enough for your taste!

    I have never had this hurt a plant, but do avoid spraying in mid-day heat/sun to be safe.
    I would use caution on a plant you value... spray a little on only part of the plant.... to see its reaction over the first couple days. (I haven't used it on euclayptus... never grew euclayptus as I recall....!) Best to see the plants reaction, as potency varies.... but there isn't a reason it would hurt them.
    Check the net for possible recommended/accurate recipes perhaps.

    Good luck.
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    Maybe kaolin clay (brand name Surround)? It's typically used to protect apples and other orchard fruits, though I don't see why it wouldn't work for other plants as well. I don't know if you can buy it in quantities smaller than what you would need for an orchard, though. Just a thought!
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    Here in Holland we often use soap water against pests on roses and cow dung as fertilizer.
    Not the wet kind though, only the dryish stuff with hay in it.

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    Dish soap & a little cooking oil in water will kill insects that are on the plant if they are infested

    I've also done about the same as Growinold, but with garlic & onoins
    Pop a few heads of garlic & an onion in a blender / Blend / Add water / Blend / Strain through a wire mess strainer or cheez cloth so you don't have chunks clogging your sprayer

    I use like 3 to 4 heads of garlic & an onion to a 1 gal sprayer / Have also added dish soap & oil to the mix
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    Use it to spray my veggie garden
    Smells like hell, but I've never seen any ill effect

    Here's a few links on the subject of with some other Recipes
    http://www.essortment.com/all/homemadeorgani_renu.htm
    http://www.weekendgardener.net/organ...ray-090709.htm

    Good Luck
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    Hey, garlic and onions sounds good to me as a immediate and not long lasting pest control. I will definitely try that! There's so many holes in one of my blackberries that there's bug poo on the lower leaves. I keep checking but am not finding the culprit(s). At least the roses and BBs in the front hasn't been bothered.

    I don't know if my apartment would go for spreading manure on my plants!
    What about Coffee and fish emulsion are these good organic fertilizers?

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    coffee grounds may also deter snails and slugs, in addition to adding nitrogen.

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    [QUOTE=swords;976533]Hey, garlic and onions sounds good to me as a immediate and not long lasting pest control.QUOTE]

    It'll also stop Vampires from stealing your blackberries...
    LOL

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