Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Home-made pest repellents

We may be confined to our home at the moment, but garden pests will carry on regardless, gathering on garden plants and causing damage, so here’s a few tips that are environmentally safe that you can make to protect your plants!

Snails are a major enemy in all gardens and will destroy any green shoots or seedlings. Check constantly for these unwelcome diners and use crushed egg shells around plants that attract them. 

Wash the egg shells, dry in the oven, then crush and spread where needed. 

Beer traps, sunk in the ground filled with beer, lager or wine will tempt snails away from plants and to an alcoholic demise!

 Scrunched up scouring pads, circles of sandpaper or grit in borders or containers are all effective. Cardboard ‘collars’ cut from toilet roll inners will protect seedlings.


Aphids seem to appear overnight, quickly multiplying and destroying lush foliage. 

Fill a bucket with 2ltrs of warm water, mix in about 20ml of washing up liquid. Put into a spray bottle and spray all affected plants thoroughly. The mixture will smother the aphids and kill them. This mixture will also make the foliage unappetising so other pests aren’t attracted to the plant. A strong jet of water will also work can squish smaller infestations with your fingers or, for squeamish gardeners, just wipe the leaves!

Red spider mite spins its web under leaves and sucks the plant juices. 

Put left-over onion peelings in a bucket of warm water and leave for about a week. Remove the peelings from the water and bury them in the soil to deter further attacks from the red spider mite. Now strain the water, put in a spray bottle and spray liberally around the plants. Onion spray will drastically reduce insect attacks.

Finally, keep well, keep safe, keep gardening!

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