Old time tips - Natural insect destroyer

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Old time tips - Natural insect destroyer

Post: #377 Andy Hamilton
Sun Dec 19, 2004 4:34 pm

One of my favorite tips that I have come across -


As an insect destroyer the juice of the potato plant is said to be of great value; the leaves and stems are well boiled in water, and when the liquid is cold it is sprinkled over plants attacked with insects, when it at once destroys caterpillars, black and green flies, gnats, and other enemies to vegetables, and in no way impairs the growth of the plants. A peculiar odor remains, and prevents insects from coming again for a long time.


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Homemade pesticides

Post: #379 FluffyMuppet
Sun Dec 19, 2004 6:01 pm

Without wishing to be a party pooper, I believe homemade pesticides are now illegal... unless they've been tested and approved by the government.

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Post: #381 Wombat
Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:35 pm

Wow!

In the American parlance - that really sucks! Mind you, it would be worth checking with your Dept of Ag or whoever, sometimes these things can turn out to be rumours.

The other thing to consider is how on earth would they know?

If it is true though, talk about big brother!
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re: that sucks

Post: #387 FluffyMuppet
Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:25 am

That's one way of looking at it. The other way of looking at it is that potato foliage (for example) is toxic to humans. Potato plants contain solanine, which is a nerve toxin that can build up in your system. I don't think we know what effect that would have on people.

Still want to spray it on your bugs?

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Post: #388 Wombat
Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:31 am

Most alkaloids are soluble and can be washed off, so a quick rinse away you go. I think that there is a danger here of over-regulation. most people are intelligent enough that, with a modicum of information can use these products safely, and a t least you know what is in it.
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Plus there are many botanicals that have been used safely for many years. It seems a bit bloody minded to regulate the lot, even if there were a few that caus :drunken: e problems.
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Bimey

Post: #392 Andy Hamilton
Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:04 pm

Blimey O'Riely I did not realise that I was starting such a controversial topic. I will look into it and see how harmful to humans it is. Wombat is of course right there is no way I would be found out for it, but fluffy Muppet is right too. The harm to myself aside I would no want to be responsible for harm to others on my allotment. I have put that info on the main site and on a few other message boards so I will defo look into it and ensure that I am not making the world (or at least a few people) seriously ill.
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