Holistic Gardening: Tips & Tricks to be Pest Free


Keep your garden pest-free with essential oils! Try mixing 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with ½ teaspoon Castile soap and 12 drops of essential oil. Remember to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water.

  • Ants:  Peppermint (Add a line of peppermint to the window or door seals)
  • Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
  • Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
  • Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
  • Cutworm: Thyme
  • Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • Gnats: Patchouli
  • Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
  • Moths: Lavender, Peppermint
  • Plant Lice: Peppermint
  • Slugs: White Fir
  • Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
  • Spiders: Peppermint
  • Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
  • Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

Short-lived results?

PRO TIP: You can try putting a couple drops on a cotton ball and placing it near the area. That should help the aroma last longer.

Vinegar: I use Vinegar for cleaning, but had no idea it was also a versatile outdoor option!  Did you know vinegar is a natural herbicide?  I sure didn’t!  You can use it to kill weeds in unwanted places!  All you do is pour full-strength distilled vinegar on them.  I thought this was a great option for those annoying cracks and crevices in the walkways and driveway!  And much safer than Roundup which has been linked to a variety of health problems. Vinegar will kill grass though, so be careful not to have it over spray onto your grass!

Here are a few other suggestions for vinegar:
  • Give acid loving plants an extra boost by watering them with a vinegar solution occasionally.  A cup of vinegar to a gallon of water.
  • Preserve cut flowers and refresh droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
  • Wash garden vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 1/2 quarters of water. Add 1-2 drops lemon essential oils to boost the cleaning power
  • Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar.

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4 thoughts on “Holistic Gardening: Tips & Tricks to be Pest Free

  1. L.S. Engler Reply

    Thank you for this! I was trying to think of a more humane way of dealing with our usual household pests now that the weather is warming up, so this is a great idea. We get ants a lot, so I’m excited to try the peppermint. The one I’m most worried about is the hornets we get. Any suggestions for those?

    • Ellice Campbell Post authorReply

      Thanks for the comment, what a great question! You have a few options you could try, I would make the spray (at the bottom) for easy application. If you try any of these options I would love to know how they worked for you!
      Eucalyptus Oil, The essential oil works better when applied directly to the area or the ground where wasps reside. Eucalyptus oil when mixed with other essential oils including lavender oil will work more effectively to deter wasps and hornets.

      Clove bud oil, works quickly on contact to deter several insects, including wasps and hornets. The oil is safe to apply directly to plants and is safe to apply to the skin after being diluted in carrier oil. For easy application, follow the recipe for peppermint & castile spray (below) and add to a plastic spray bottle. The solution, safely sprayed on plants and other surfaces, will need reapplication to ensure maximum protection.

      Peppermint And Castile Spray
      Fill an empty 32 oz. Spray bottle halfway with distlled water.
      Add 25 drops peppermint oil or one of the other suggestions above, to the water, along with 1 tbsp. Unscented Castile soap. Shake well to combine and spray on surfaces that you want to repel wasps and hornets.


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