Gardening is such a pleasant experience for me and my boys, and we enjoy being outdoors observing the process as it takes place. I do not want to be surrounded by chemicals, nor do I want my boys handling chemicals and this has led me to researching healthier alternatives. Here are some options to choose from when using essential oils in your garden.
Use 4-8 drops essential oil from from the printable chart below to 1 gallon of water. Add this mixture to your spray bottles and you are ready to use. This can be sprayed directly onto your fruits, vegetables and flowers.
You can also soak string in the above mixture and than string in between rows of vegetable to deter flying insects (an example would be the cabbage white butterfly).
Use 1 drop essential oil neat (straight) on a strip of material and hang on a stick throughout your garden, or from tree branches to help cover a larger area. You can check periodically and add another drop as needed.
Cotton Ball/Cotton Wool
This method is used to deter insects or animals that like to burrow. Use 3 drops essential oil on a cotton ball or piece of cotton wool and place directly on top of nest or toss into burrow. Use this as needed.
This method will deter slugs, snails, mice, any ground insects and even cats and dogs due to the strong aroma of the essential oil (it will stop them from urinating on your plants, yay!) . Bury a carton/container into the ground right up to the top of the container. Add 4 drops essential oil (for cats and dogs use spearmint, peppermint, thyme or eucalyptus). You can replace as needed.