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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cooking Oil + Dishwash + Water = Lethal Spray

You wouldn't think that 3 harmless things put together could make a spray that would kill all sorts of tiny insect pests.... even those you can't see with your naked eye. But it does, and very well too!

But as with anything in my life, I believe in abundance. Love abundantly. Eat voraciously. Garden with gusto. When life appears in bright colours and life's softest bird song sounds like the clearest love ballad, then every day is filled with drama and action.

And so it was with my Lethal Spray. I sprayed here and I sprayed there. Then I sprayed here and then I sprayed there. Then I sprayed there again before I sprayed here again. The chilli plant was sprayed every 3 days for 3 weeks. All manner of insects seen or unseen gave up the ghost. So too did numerous chilli plant leaves, which turned brown and then black and then fell off. The rosemary was sprayed every 5 days. The more fragile ones also turned brownish black and ended up looking like an Addams' Family favourite plant lifting its branches like black claws into the air with one accusing finger pointing at me wherever I may be standing in the garden. "Murderer!" the finger said. The dill plants could take no more than 2 sprays. Its soft downy leaves began looking like yesterday's salad leaf bits floating in leftover vinaigrette. And then, my dill bid me a sad, sad farewell, flopped over and died. And I will not relive the tragic experience of my beloved marjoram. Sweet marjoram with its soft leaves that make a pizza taste like paradise. It... it... it... sigh... I cannot say.

For you see, I believe so much in abundance that I doubled the proportion of oil in the spray and so, there goes my beautiful Mediterranean herb collection... the unfortunate and innocent victims of the ALL OUT WAR I waged on the enemy - the Red Spider Mites, whose ignominious existence I henceforth refuse to glorify with capital letters. So, for me, they shall ever be despicable red spider mites.

Moral of the Story: Do not put 2 tablespoons of cooking oil when 1 will do.

8 comments:

Chawanmushi said...

this is interesting ...
May I ask what is the proportion of the three togetherthat's not lethal to plants? tia

petunialee said...

1 tablespoon + 1.5l + 1 squirt dishwash.

M said...

Tip - do not spray in hot weather. Best to spray in the evening or early morning - so that the oil dries out before the sun comes up - otherwise it burns the leaves.

Rummi said...

same tragedy but different moral of the story. tragedy in my blog.

mine says- Perfect timing, once missed, dun chase it blindly. :p

petunialee said...

Yup... no hot weather spraying! And Rummi, I can't find your tragedy on your blog? Where?

Rummi said...

Favourism killed the tom(atoe)s

http://rummi-garden.blogspot.com/2009/01/favourism-killed-toms.html

Blur Ting said...

Oh dear. I've learned a new recipe and will not repeat the same mistake.

J.C. said...

Out of curiosity, with the dishwasher in this spray, that means we have to wash herbs sprayed with this concoction thoroughly before consuming, right?

I would like to try spraying this on my flowering plants. Thx for this tip!