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All About Using Neem Oil in the Garden

All About Using Neem Oil in the Garden
(Always Test Spray Before Using New Sprays)

(Being Constructed 7/16/2016)

Neem oil has been used in India for over 4000 years. It is safe and organic. However, always do your own research to decide what you feel is safe to use in your garden. It controls nearly 200 chewing and soft bodied insects in three ways. The scent repels, the oil smothers and azadirachtin inhibits feeding and other insect systems from working. It is also a good fungicide. I explain the two types of Neem Oil on the market and why one is better. I also show you how to make your own Neem Oil insecticide and fungicide.

You don't want to buy Neem Oil that is a hydrophobic extract. That means it is not 100% cold pressed and it has had the Azadirachtin and other components removed. In my opinion the hydrophobic extract of Neem Oil is garbage in the sense it could just be any old oil. You want the component Azadiracthin to be in your Neem Oil. That is what kills chewing insects over a 2-3 day period. The ingest it, get ill and then die.

Soap is used to disperse the Neem Oil through the water so that when you spray, you get a nice even coat of oil on the leaves. Too much soap or too little soap can lead to damage. The amount of soap you use varies based on what kind you use. I show you how to figure out how much soap you need in 1 gallon of water when making oil sprays

Neem Oil can be used in the garden regularly to fight chewing insects. You want to make sure you purchase 100% cold pressed Neem Oil. This pure pressing has the Azadirachtin in it for insect control. Neem Oil can separate and I show you how to easily fix that. I also discuss the basic recipes for make quart and gallon sprays. I now use 1 - 2 tablespoons of Neem Oil in 1 gallon of water. Always start with 1 tablespoon and test spray each variety of plant. Spray a few leaves and wait 48 hours to look for damage. You should practice this for all spray types you introduce to your garden.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gary, I just discovered I have a huge amount of baby centipedes in my green house soil. Are they harmful to my veggies and if so what can I use to eradicate them? I think they must have been in the bags of mulch I purchased.


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