I have been researching how to keep my garden bug free. It’s almost impossible to do it without adding harmful chemicals. I cannot use harsh chemicals for the perfect tomatoes as I have bees and bees drink whatever local water source they have, bring it back to the hive, then the hive reacts. Now, we can only imagine what chaos that would create within the hive – deformities, illness, and even death to the Queen. Anyone remember the 25 million bees that dies in South Carolina a few years ago? ‘Like It’s Been Nuked’ article in The Washington Post tells the story of some idiots who got their Zika mosquito spray timing wrong!
*Neem Oil. What is it? It’s the miracle essential oil. Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem, an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It can be used domestically like clearing your skin to keeping pests off your basil plants! Sold on-line and in stores for gardening at Amazon.com or cosmetic use at Mountain Rose Herbs, it should be kept in your garden supply shed or bathroom shelf for everyday use.
There are a few draw backs of Neem Oil. Exposure, consumption, and overall topical usage should be researched by individuals with sensitivities. For gardening, read the labels and ask questions to the seller. For more information on benefits and drawbacks go to the National Pesticide Information Center (click link for article).
Here are a few websites that cover Neem Oil uses.
Eco Friendly Neem Oil Pesticide, click link
All About Neem Oil, cosmetic usage, click link
* This article was written by Alexandra Wallace-Currie. It is merely to make aware of Neem Oil’s existence. Research into Neem Oil should be done thoroughly before usage.