Organic Pesticide Recipes

Roberts RanchGardening

These are recipes that have been handed down and around by master gardeners, organic farmers, and horticulturists.  They work, but you need to use them more often.  Also, it is better to spray in the evening when the sun is not hot and direct.     Soft Soap Sprays 6 tbsp. Ivory Snow and 1 gal of water  (I’ve also used dish soap) Best sprayed in the evenings when sun is low   Repellent sprays can be made from plants such as Tansy, Artemisia, Tomato, Garlic, Onion, Cayenne or Rhubarb.  Make a spray by boiling 2 lbs of leaves (or … Read More

Soil Preparation

Roberts RanchGardening, Planting Tips

Soil preparation is critical to the success of your gardening experience. Soils support plants physically as well as providing them with needed nutrients, water, and oxygen. Soils are complex mixtures of dead and live organisms.  All soil is not the same.  Some are more dead than others and almost all need supplementation.   There are sandy, silt, and clay soils.  Most of us have some kind of combination of those three textures.  Knowing what kind of soil you have will help you make better decisions when it comes to watering your plants.  Sandy soils do not hold water very long, … Read More