Spraying potatoes without chemicals: a natural approach to combating the Colorado potato beetle

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 27, 2024 07:32 AMGarden
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Spraying potatoes without chemicals. Source: www.fwi.co.uk

Our ancestors possessed valuable knowledge on how to protect potato plantations from the Colorado potato beetle without resorting to chemical solutions. SSPDaily has compiled tips for those who prefer not to use chemical sprays in their gardens, as there are alternative methods that have proven effective in combating this pest.

One simple yet effective approach is to plant horseradish beds around the perimeter of the potato garden. The Colorado potato beetle dislikes the presence of horseradish, making it an effective natural repellent. However, caution should be exercised, as the rapid growth of horseradish can make it difficult to remove later.

Additional companion plants, such as corn, onions, garlic, mint, basil, nasturtium, and parsley, can also help repel the Colorado potato beetle if planted along the edges of the potato bed.

Moreover, there are folk remedies that can safely repel pests without harming the potatoes themselves or posing risks to human health. One such method, proven over the years, is to use wormwood as a natural spray against the Colorado potato beetle.

To prepare the solution, gather a bunch of wormwood and finely chop the plant. Create a concentrated mixture by pouring hot water over the chopped wormwood in a container and leaving it for 24 hours. Remember to strain the solution before use to remove any particles.

Regarding application, it is recommended to spray the potatoes in the morning or evening. If necessary, the process can be repeated. However, it is important to exercise moderation, as frequent use of the herbal infusion can harm the development of potatoes.

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