I had so much problem with the little black bug last year that it really bugs me. I didn’t want to use a chemical insecticide since I have other herbs and vegetables nearby and I’m trying to grow organic garden.
When I was little living in Thailand, I read that Thai farmers have had much success using Sadao vegetable (Margosa or Neem) as organic insecticide. I stopped by an Asian Market to buy a frozen Sadao after work.
I’m not sure if it’s the bitter flavor that keeps the bug away and this year I’m experimenting with a few ingredients. I was talking to my co-workers and they’ve heard that vinegar works.I’m also thinking about olive oil since oil will smother insects, but using too much can kill plants as well. I decided to use Sadao vegetable, vinegar, olive oil and water.
All the ingredients go in the blender.
Blend for several minutes.
I strain out the water since I’ll be pouring this into a spray bottle.
I hope this will work, if not I might have to tweak it a little.
I planted the chili peppers several days back, and decided to spray my homemade Sadao insecticide just in case.
And the young Thai eggplants that my dad gave me, I sure hope that this will work.
I also bought the lemongrass from the Asian market. I’m soaking these in water for a few days before planting, it should take roots by then.
Lee helped plant the string beans today. My neighbor kept telling me to be careful and not to lift anything heavy.
I soaked the beans in warm water overnight, then took it out and left them in a moist towel for several days. This will grow a lot faster than just dropping them in the hole.
Lee planting the string beans.
I saw several green cabbage worms today and yesterday and had to handpick them out from my cabbage. I read that cabbage worms dislike thyme and oregano, and I have plenty of thyme. I’m going to mix thyme, mint, and water tomorrow, something that I have plenty of in my herb garden right behind Lee.
The Honeysuckles have a nice aroma. I love this time of the year.
Lee’s flower that she planted from seed 2 years ago.
Bo’s Ginkgo tree and also known as the Maidenhair tree. The tree is widely cultivated and introduced since an early period in human history, and has various uses as a food and traditional medicine.
The Paeonia ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ is in full bloom.
Lee rewarded herself with a flower, happy gardening.