If you are already a user of Essential Oils and love the natural effects hey have, you may already have the most important Oils in the house that you can also use in the Garden.
We all know that the usage of essential oils is beneficial to our health and if you are like me, and are also growing a garden to assure you have the healthiest Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs you can offer your Family and friends, than you may like to read on for some helpful Recipes and tips on how and what kind of essential oils to use in your garden.
Unfortunately when growing a garden you will also have to provide your plants with the best environment to grow in and with that said you need to keep pests away. The products you can buy in the store, to keep away mites, beetles, moth’s flies and so on are mixed with chemicals that defeats the purpose of a natural garden and can be harmful to you.
5 Best Essential oils and there Benefits for your Garden
Lavender has a scent that will attract butterflies and bees, that we need to pollinate our plants but will keep away mosquitoes and moth’s
Peppermint oil will help keeping away many pests that are known to chew up leaves, like flies and beetles but is also known to keep away rats and Mice. The sweet scent is even great to keep spiders away . ( just spray it around your porch or in your house)
A great Oil to keep fungus away from developing around your plants. It will attack several Fungi and can be used on leaves or stems fruits and Vegetables.
This Oil can be used alone or mixed in with your Peppermint Oil to keep away ticks, fleas, carrot flies and mosquitoes. It is a powerful anti-fungal Oil as well
this Oil will keep away snails and slugs who are absolutely not welcome in any garden that has Salad or spinach growing.
How to use Essential Oil in your garden
Applying essential oils to your garden is easy. there are many ways to do it and it just comes down to your preference. When using it as a Spray you can add 8 drops of your essential oils to 1 gallon of water and spray the individual plants with it. In case, you need to keep certain pests away from one plant you can drop 4 to 6 drops of essential Oil on to a cotton ball and place it in the pot or under that plant.
Use bottle caps and add a few drops in the Cap before placing them under the plant or take strips of fabric and soak them with your essential oil mix, so you can hang them on trees or branches of herbs.
What ever you do, just keep in mind that the scent will linger in the air, so in case, you may not like a scent see if you can find a method that will work for you.
The nice thing when using essential oils, you can’t go wrong.
Essential oils in your garden and when to apply
the best time to apply your oils is in the whee hours of the day. Early morning before the sun comes up. It will not only have the most effect but also will make your garden smell great .
Keep in Mind that what ever Method you are choosing, the Scent will decent just like it does in your home, so reapplying is necessary every so often. I noticed that when using Peppermint and Citronella Oil it will take up to 2 Weeks before I have to reapply while when using Lavender or Cedarwood oil I choose to apply weekly.
As with everything in the Garden, find what works for you and your plants needs. It all depends on the Environment YOU are living in.
Essential oils in your Garden quick check List:
- Snails and Slugs : Cedarwood oil
- ticks, fleas, carrot flies and mosquitoes:Citronella oil
- Fungi: Citronella and Oregano Oil
- Leave eaters, flies and beetles Peppermint Oil
Butterflies and Bees : Lavender Oil