Used coffee grounds will get rid of ants in the garden and in the house.
Louise Rice, Terrace BC
Hot pepper spray for aphids: mix half a cup of finely chopped hot pepper with one pint of water. Let stand for twentyfour hours and then simmer for a short time. Cool and strain. Add a small amount of soap solution to coat the plant. It kills the aphids on contact.
Madeline Gibson, St. Stephen NB
Boil one garlic bulb and some rhubarb leaves together for ten minutes. Strain and cool. Add three tablespoons of dish detergent. Mix thoroughly and use as a spray for aphids and other bugs on plants.
Ruby Milligen, Didsbury AB
Boil rhubarb leaves, old hand soap bars and garlic. Spray on fruit trees to kill aphids and other bugs. Environmentally friendly!
Elizabeth Stewart, Invermere BC
A truly organic spray for aphids and many other pests: juice or grind three large onions, six large garlic cloves and two tablespoons of tabasco sauce. Strain through an old nylon stocking and add to one gallon of water and one teaspoon of dish soap. Put in a sprayer. Use only after natural pollination time.
Vega Johnson, Kaslo BC
An inexpensive and effective way to rid houseplants and garden plants of aphids and other pests, spray with a solution of dish detergent and water.
Marie Petrie, New Waterford NS
To control bugs on fruit trees, crush a clove of garlic, mix with water and spray on the tree.
Rosalie Gardezi, Sault Ste. Marie ON
If you want to have your radishes free of bugs, just sprinkle a thin layer of garlic powder in the row, plant your seeds and cover with soil.
W. Forstbauer, Fort Steele BC
To keep bugs away from rose bushes and flowering plants, use this natural formula: to one gallon of water, add one onion and a clove of garlic (peeled). Leave for twentyfour hours and spray on the bushes.
Helen Belisle, Kerrobert SK
Sage scattered on cabbage family plants, repels the cabbage butterflies.
V. Ford, Calgary AB
To prevent aphids in the garden or flowerbeds, plant chives, garlic or herbs among your plants.
R. Huber, Regina SK
Spread old, sheer curtains over your cabbages and no cabbage butterflies can get in. Hold the curtains down with rocks or stakes.
Patricia Suhan, St. Lina AB
Place a chunk of rhubarb in the hole when transplanting cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage. This helps to keep the root weevil beetles away.
Wendy Rocco, Duncan BC
Drizzle cabbage plants with a mixture of vinegar and icing sugar to stop cabbage butterflies.
M. Patterson, Ottawa ON
To keep ants away in the summer when children often spill sweet drinks, keep a fresh piece of cucumber (preferably the end, it lasts longer) under the sink.
Christina Holtby, Surrey BC
Sprinkling boric acid or baking soda under the kitchen sink will rid your house of cockroaches. When they get back to their hiding places, they will lick their feet and die.
Mrs. B. Wuorijarvi, Thunder Bay ON
A used dryer sheet placed around new bedding and vegetable plants prevents cutworms. The dryer sheet eventually rots in the ground.
C. Poole, Calgary AB
Sprinkle corn meal on your cabbages to eliminate worms.
L. Ford, Nepean ON
When planting cabbage plants into the garden, wrap the stem with a piece of wax paper to prevent cutworm damage.
Dora Bzowy, Dauphin MB
To stop cutworms from cutting off your bedding plants, sprinkle yellow cornmeal around the base of the plants.
Alva Albers, Christopher Lake SK
To rid your garden of certain pests and incontents, sprinkle garlic salt on the ground around peas, beans, etc.
Louise Gauthier, Val Gagne ON
In early spring, slice a grapefruit and put it around the trunk and base of peach trees. Earwigs, etc. will not bother the tree or the fruit.
R. McNiven, Nanaimo BC
To get rid of aphids, mix a few soap flakes and one teaspoon of baking soda in one liter of water. Spray on the plants. Test one or two plants first to make sure the soda does not burn the infested plant.
Mrs. A. Seaman, Hanna AB
A safe way to cure fire blight in fruit trees is to mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water. Spray it on the trees early in the spring and through the growing season if needed.
Peggy Ewacha, Zhoda MB
Basil repels flies and mosquitoes.
Kim Jespersen, Pickardville AB
After seeding turnips, cover with old sheer curtains to protect the seedlings from flea beetles. The seedlings will lift the curtains while growing and will still get plenty of light as well as rain.
K. Klassen, Burlington ON
Try planting a variety of aromatic plants such as chives, dill, basil and garlic in the garden to help control pests.
Marian Malowany, Regina SK
When planting my radishes and carrots in the same row, I scatter a few black tea leaves in the soil. It seems to keep the pests away from the radishes.
Dorothy Loffler, Salmon Arm BC
Citronella plants help to keep mosquitoes away. Put two or three on your deck, lightly brush the foliage and it will discharge a lemony scent that mosquitoes do not like.
Sharon Pearson, Golden BC
For bug spray, mix together one gallon of water, one tablespoon of tabasco sauce, one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one quart of rubbing alcohol. I spray all my flowers and shrubs with this mixture before entering them in the fair and all the bugs are off my plants. It can be sprayed on the garden and yard too.
R. Olson, Toronto ON
To keep maggots out of onions, plant spruce needles with the onion seeds or sets.
Clare Carlson, Camrose AB
I use cayenne pepper and garlic powder around my onions. It seems to keep the bugs away.
Anne Plummer, Saskatoon SK
Take a gallon of water and one cup of vinegar. Pour it into a row and plant your onion bulbs and watch them grow. No maggots!
Anne Woytiuk, Krydor SK
Spreading bulk bran flakes around hostas will deter slugs. This also works on cutworms when planting beans.
Nancy Gill, Vernon River PE
To keep potato beetles away, roll the potato seed in bone meal and let dry overnight before planting. I have done this for two years and have not had any potato bugs.
Glennis Hopkins, Clanwilliam MB
A bright light on a motion sensor keeps bears out of the compost pile.
Doug Pederson, Hagensborg BC
To prevent our saskatoons from being eaten by robins, I sewed a tent made of nylon sheer. We used bricks to hold it down. It lets in light but not the birds.
Anne Wilkie, Regina SK
For easy to make scarecrows that keep birds away, spray paint aluminum pie plates yellow. Hang them in the garden. You can also coat your foil pan scarecrows with cooking oil. The yellow sticky surface attracts and traps many damaging incontents.
Eileen Telawsky, New Sarepta AB
Sprinkle used coffee grounds in your flower beds to prevent cats from digging in them.
Audrie Seidl, Biggar SK
Surround your vegetable and flower garden with marigolds. It keeps cats from digging there and encourages bees for pollination. Joy Edmonds, Brandon MB
To keep cats and dogs out of your flowerbeds, sprinkle liberally with black pepper. The animals dislike the smell.
Mary Highmoor, Glenavon SK
Lay wire decorative fence segments in your flowerbed to keep cats away. You can plant in between the wires and the cats will stay away because they do not like scratching against the wire bars.
Janice Gattinger, Neudorf SK
To deter cats from digging in the garden or flowerbeds, sprinkle crushed chili pepper or any strong odoured spice on top of the soil around plants. Repeat after a rain or watering.
Gale Biloski, Thunder Bay ON
I live on a farm and the cows reach through the fence into the garden. Instead of leaving a two foot empty space, I plant marigolds along the fence. The cows will not reach over the marigolds to get at anything else.
Kate Wittman, Vibank SK
After years of deer feeding in my garden, I finally solved my problem simply, inexpensively and effectively. I pounded two, four foot wooden stakes into the ground fifty feet atitle, centered along the south garden edge. Using "Birds Away" tape (onehalf inch wide, shiny) I tied it to the tops of the stakes after twirling it. I repeated the same procedure along the east edge of the garden. Even the slightest breezes created a continuous motion and whirring sound. I also left trailing tape (three feet long) at each stake, which the breezes could whip about.
M. Simulik, Edmonton AB
To keep deer out of my garden, I hang Irish Spring hand soap on four foot stakes every twenty to thirty feet.
Charles Levean, Whitney ON
To repel deer, save your old tea bags and coffee grounds. Scatter them around your plants, etc. Deer hate it and it is good for the soil.
Margaret Engler, Qualicum Beach BC
Spread coffee grounds around the base of your fruit trees to discourage free running dogs.
D.Watson, The Pas MB
Cayenne pepper sprinkled around your trees and shrubs discourages mice from chewing on them over the winter.
D. Gonet, Haines Junction YT
To deter mice we place natural blood meal on our asparagus bed. The mice stay away from the animal odor and blood meal is also a good fertilizer.
Ingeborg Olund, Abbotsford BC
I make small bags out of rags, fill them with mothballs and hang them from the trees. It keeps the moose from eating the fruit trees.
Philip Gaultois, Stephenville NF
Plant onions around the perimeter of your garden to discourage rabbits.
Jennifer Duncan, Glen Robertson ON
To discourage raccoons from getting at your corn, plant squash among the corn. The raccoons do not like getting tangled in the sharp vines.
Lloyd Jackson, St. Stephen NB
When planting rows of corn, I leave room in between the seeds of corn to plant cucumbers. Raccoons, who love corn, will stay away because the cucumber plants become tangled up in their low straddle. The cucumber plants also appreciate the shade of the corn in the hot sun.
Evangie Michalenko, Hafford SK
Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes in flower beds where raccoons and other animals dig for grubs and worms.
Dan Diebolt, Fergus ON
To keep small rodents away from your plants, sprinkle blood meal around them. It also nourishes the plants.
Louise Elstad, Stratton ON
Plant tansy at frequent intervals (in containers to prevent spreading) in the garden. It keeps squirrels, mice, rabbits and raccoons out.
Audre Andrews, Gananoque QC
Save orange and lemon peels in the freezer. In the spring, bury the peels just below the surface of your soil. It will deter squirrels from digging in your garden.
Louisa Reed, Grand Forks BC
Do you have trouble with woodpeckers attacking your buildings and trees? Make a paste of cooked jalapeno peppers and spread with a brush over the surfaces to deter the pests. Be sure to wear gloves when handling peppers.
Shari Howe, Foam Lake SK