I hate insecticides. My garden hates insecticide. My cats and a dog hate insecticides. We all hate insecticides. OK. It is nice, but it seems that we can’t do anything in our gardens without all these chemicals.
Insects are horrible, and they can destroy all our flowers and veggies that we have worked so hard on. That is true. However, from the first day I planted my garden, I wanted to keep it clean from pests, but not to destroy my environment at the same time. Many people told me it was impossible. Is it really so? Let’s see.
The Chemicals We Use to Get Rid of Pests in Our Gardens
For the very beginning, we should learn the difference between the chemicals we use in our gardens:
Pesticides – Chemicals that destroy plant diseases, insects, bacteria, fungus, slugs, and snails.
Insecticides – They are actually a type of pesticide designed exclusively for killing insects.
Herbicides – These chemicals are widely used for destroying weeds. Some of them are made to target only one species. The other can kill all the plants in your garden.
The next important thing is to find a way to get rid of pests and avoid polluting the environment in which we live with our families. Believe it or not, it is not as difficult as it seems at first sight.
These days it is pretty easy to buy some natural, nontoxic garden supplies. However, you can make some efficient ones by yourself and avoid too high prices of organic products. By using them, you will prevent toxins and harmful substances from entering the soil and water. In the same time, you will get rid of harmful insects and your family will eat delicious, healthy foods without chemical substances.
You can try two approaches:
To remove insects manually. It is a challenging, but a time-tested method.
To make and apply natural (bought or homemade) insecticides. This method is less time-intensive and demanding than the first one.
Keep in mind that homemade insecticides are a definitely better solution than chemicals, but they can also have a negative impact on the soil, pets, or people. Even though we are talking about substances we use to kill insects, you should be aware that we always affect entire ecosystems as well.
The only question is about the way we change the environment and the level that the substances we use are harmful or beneficial. Always try to make the most effective and harmless choice. Our goal is to save our gardens without killing the Earth all of us live on.
Natural and Homemade Insecticides
There is a list of my favorite homemade insecticides I use in my garden. They are natural and harmless to the soil as much as possible.
1. Oil spray insecticide or horticultural oil
Try to make this simple, homemade insecticide. It is entirely natural and won’t harm your garden. It is a mixture of vegetable oil and a mild soap that easily devastate troublesome insects (aphids, thrips, and mites).
1 cup of white mineral or vegetable oil
1 tbsp of soap
After shaking these ingredients, you will get a basic oil spray for destroying these horrible creatures. You need to dilute it before applying. Mix one pint (0.5l) of water and 3-4 tsp of the oil mixture and spray it directly on the affected plants.
Except for using vegetable oil, you can discover all the advantages of essential and horticultural oils. Add water in the mixture of three different essential or horticultural oils and mix them with mild dish soap and water. Use a mixture once a week. Keep in mind that peppermint essential oil is effective against ants.
How it works
The oil wraps the insects’ bodies and suffocates them by blocking their breathing pores.
Store the rest of the concentrate (without water) in a plastic, airtight bottle for approximately three months, and use it again when needed. Just add water in the same proportion, and treat your plants once a week.
Don’t use bleach-based soaps because they are harmful to plants.
Don’t apply this insecticide during hot and sunny days to avoid ‘burning’ of the leaves.
2. Neem Oil Insecticide
Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the tree Azadirachta Indica (the Neem tree). The seed of this plant, which originates from South Asia and India, is traditionally used as an insecticide. It is also used as a raw material for the production of soap, wax, oil, and various cosmetic products.
You can buy this oil in many stores with gardening supplies, or you can make it by yourself in your home.
2 tsp pure, cold-pressed Neem oil
1 tsp liquid soap
1 quart (1l) water
Shake all ingredients in a bottle and spray the affected foliage of your plants. Usually, one or two treatments are enough to get rid your plants of insects.
How it works
The oil of this natural insecticide acts as a disruptor of insect’s hormones and prevents insects from feeding normally. It destroys the insect’s life cycle, including all stages of their development (the egg, larvae, and adult).
This oil is non-toxic to human, pets, and birds and entirely biodegradable.
It is highly effective against pests, including insects and fungus.
Try not to use this insecticide in excessive amounts in order not to jeopardize the bees
Cannabis has been know to kill many bacteria for a while now.
And it seems it can be even more effective than we have dared to hope for.
Cannabis oil kills bacteria better than established antibiotics
It offers hope of curing killer infections – including MRSA and pneumonia, say scientists.
This was ¡ the headline at The London Economic the other day. And they go on saying that cannabis might be providing a possible new weapon in the war on superbugs, according to new research.
The breakthrough was made by chance as Dr Mark Blaskovich’s team was investigating topical uses of CBD creams for various skin disorders.
His lab found it was remarkably effective at killing a wide range of bugs, including those that have become resistant to other antibiotics.
What is more it did not lose effectiveness after extended treatment, he told an American Society for Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.
Dr Blaskovich, of The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Centre for Superbug Solutions in Australia, said: “Given cannabidiol’s documented anti-inflammatory effects, existing safety data in humans, and potential for varied delivery routes, it is a promising new antibiotic worth further investigation.
Due to so many people looking for cannabis products to cure themselves or just for recreational use,
thousands of social media accounts on all platforms are used just to try scam people.
This is a sad result of prohibition. Time to legalize this plant now.
We all see the amazing stories of recovery with contact information to oil dealers, it’s all over the web. Unfortunately, they are all scammers.
They can be very convincing to speak to, but don’t be fooled. Cannabis is unfortunately illegal still in most places of the world, which makes it a great place for scammers to flourish. With all the science backing up cannabis as a potential healer, more and more people are seeking to try it as a part of their treatments. Unfortunately, due to the law, that is not so easy for most people today. Many have no contact with the cannabis community and are searching desperately for a way to get a hold of cannabis. And we have spoken to people who have put their trust in these testimonials, sent them the money and when the oil does not arrive and they complain, the scammers threaten to give all their information to the police.
We have to spread awareness about this, the last thing you need when you are chronically ill and in a desperate situation, is to get scammed by somebody claiming to be a part of the cannabis community. We need to get cannabis legal for people to grow, so they can grow their own or help somebody that they care for, without risking being persecuted by the law.
Alpha-Pinene , sometimes referred to just as pinene or written α-pinene, is the most abundant terpene in nature. And it’s benefits are many.
Research suggests that alpha-Pinene may have skin and oral health supporting benefits and may support the proper function of the immune and respiratory systems. Oils rich in alpha-Pinene are great for supporting skin health. Helping to keep the skin looking healthy and may help to reduce the appearance of blemishes when applied topically.
Like its sibling, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene is most famous for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
These are helpful for diseases like arthritis, Crohn’s, and multiple sclerosis.
Alpha-Pinene working togheter with other cannabinoids:
Working in synergy with THC, alpha-pinene acts as a bronchodilator, opening up airways at low exposure levels to help conditions like asthma.
Working with CBD and CBN, it has a broad spectrum of antibiotic properties, which work against diseases like MRSA.
Alpha-pinene can also counteract unwanted effects of THC, such as anxiety and short-term memory. It works by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain, which helps you retain memories more efficiently.
Other benefits include euphoria, increased alertness, reduced oil production in oily skin, and most excitingly, anti-cancer properties. Studies suggest alpha-pinene can stop tumor growth and supplement chemotherapy treatments.
Here are some studies and info for you to read regarding alpha-Pinene:
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In the Guardian today the story was: The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?
This has been a tendency during the last years as cannabis has become more available and also the knowledge about cannabis more available. Some places it has even been legalized.
So may seniors have been on a cocktail of medication from their doctors, felling both the effects and the side effects. With all the knowledge being spread now about the things cannabis can help with, it would only be a matter of time beofre it reached the seniors as well.
“The seniors using cannabis today aren’t your parents’ grandparents. The generation that camped out at Woodstock is now in its seventies. They’ve been around grass long enough to realize it’s not going to kill them, and are more open to the possibility it will come with health benefits. “
It’s true, the new group of seniors are not as their parents. Many have a different more reflective view on cannabis. And even tho they did not necessarily use it 10 years ago, it was often the, but where should I get it? Who should I do it with? What if somebody finds out? that stopped them.
Not that they were against cannabis in the first place. So many can now get cannabis without having to know ” a criminal” and people are much more open about it, do to more social acceptance.
With all the health benefits that we we know now, added to the availability, of course people will want to try cannabis for what ever reason they may have.
“While some doctors have expressed concerns about seniors self-medicating with weed, virtually everyone agrees the public health consequences of opioids are far worse. “
Their methods of use is as broad as the average smokers. From smoking a good old joint to using specific products , like CBD oils for their joint pain. Stylish vape pens and delicious edibles. The more available cannabis gets, the more options people have to choose both what they want to taste, from a uplifting CBD Mango Haze to a calming CBD Nordle, or maybe a old school Afghan Haze for the picky one.
Some use it just for the medical benefits, and some even for it’s recreational effect. The knowledge available now makes it a lot easier to get advise on what is best for you.
We hope as more places around the wold open up for legalizing more people will have the ability to grow as well. We all know gardening is good for the health and it’s a passion many seniors have already. We believe they would be great growers. What a great way to get a lot of cost effective cannabis to use for the whole year, as we also know many senior are not living in luxury.
And in the end, is that not what we all want,
to be able to grow our own cannabis if we choose to?
A new year has come, a new year for new possibilities and new battles.
We hope this year will bring down more unjust laws regarding cannabis and that people all around the world can soon be able to safely get cannabis products, not just CBD products, and be able to grow their own plants if they want to. Growing plants should not be illegal.
We hope that more people get to know about this amazing plant and what in can do for your health,
both your body and your mind.
We hope that with more legalization more knowledge will reach the people,
so they can make their own decisions based on real information.
We hope that more doctors will dare to learn about the endocannabinoid system
and gather knowledge to share with their patients.