I think the title says it all. Bugs are eating my kale and also my basil! And when I say eating - I mean LOVING my kale - there is almost none left. They are a little less fond of the basil but I am noticing some leaves are starting to look little 'chewed'. While I would love to keep more of there favourites on hand, I would also like to be given the chance to eat them (the kale/basil - not the bugs) myself. What can I do to put a stop to there lunch without using nasty pesticides.
It should be noted that when it comes to gardening I am green in the 'green thumb' department. I read on the internet of homemade spray consisting of chilli's, garlic, oil, and soap that you can spray on plants to prevents bug attacks. I'm not sure if this works or if its a good idea. If any kind lifers out there can steer me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated - and hurry, while there some leaves on my kale still left!
I'm having the same problem with bugs and my spinach, rhubarb and basil. My mom (who is an excellent garden) told me to try watering down tobasco and spraying it on them, so I'm giving that a try. Just sprayed yesterday, so we'll see!
I bought some over the counter organic pesticide soap and it was a huge FAIL! Left yellow spots on the plants I sprayed.
I've heard of the chili/garlic/oil/soap mix and have heard it works but haven't used it myself. I've used a tablespoon or so of Dr.ronner's Peppermint soap in a cup or 2 of water and sprayed that on my plants and it seems to help. I imagine neither would hurt at this point! Just be sure to rinse well before eating :) Good luck!