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Hot Pepper Pesticide

I love to tell people our farm fresh eggs are made from recycled bugs.  We use our chicken and ducks for pesticide.  Our pekings are the best at picking potato bugs right off the plant without causing any harm to the greens. But sometimes, our organic approach to homestead gardening needs a little bit of help.  When we need to discourage insects from various plants, we use the fruit of other plants.  Super hot peppers to be more specific.

We have no set formula, but always start with peppers at least as hot as habanero.  Typically, if we have misinformed peppers or those with a few bits on them we will set them aside for the next year’s organic pesticide sprays.  After crumbling a handful of  peppers into a gallon of water, we simmer the water for 30 or so minutes.  After it is strained and allowed to cool, we add a teaspoon of natural dish soap.

The mixture is poured into a spray bottle and used to saturate plants.  The method is particularly effective against aphids.  A strong stream from a pump spray bottle will force the aphids off the plants.  They do not tend to want to return due to the scent and flavor.

2 thoughts on “Hot Pepper Pesticide

  1. Hey there, thanks for an interesting tip. Why do you simmer the mixture? Do you think this could work as well with dehydrating and grinding peppers to a fine powder, then mixed thoroughly with water? Making a paste first would probably make the mixing easier. Greetings from Norway! 🙂

    1. First, thrilled that you are from Norway. My daughter and I have a policy about seeds and other countries. The business can not export yet, we are that tiny. So when folk from other countries ask, we tell them we cant sell but love to trade. I have a world map and some stick pins. It is going up on our living room wall. When ever we trade, the origin gets a stick pin. It is a way of bringing back international pen pals that the internet has destroyed.

      About the pepper. Strangest thing. Ordered Star of Turkey in two waves from same merchant. First wave is in high tunnel and is green but very hot. Second wave is in field and almost no heat, turning purple. I have not been watching closely till now. I do not believe they turned purple from stem down. I think it was the side facing the sun. I have other peppers that do the same thing early in the season when getting too much sun, so the color might not be true because the ones in the green house (80% shade) are not turning color yet despite being planted early. Also, have seen first pods on a plant to be wonkey so who knows how they will turn out.

      Important thing for me to point out, I am not at all displeased with the merchant. Other seeds I have gotten from her have been dead on and mistakes do happen. I get a mystery to solve and if they stay sweet, I have a new small sweet pepper. Have been looking to build those for local restaurants.

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