Barb's Indoor Tomato Plants

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

I decided to grow tomato plants indoors this year, as the growing season in my neck of the woods is 37 days, and even then we get enough frost to kill the hardiest tomato plant long before the tomatoes are ripe.

The problem I am facing is little flying bugs that are making life miserable. So, I went to the net to find a homemade recipe that will rid us of this pesky problem and found the following article:

eHow

Natural bug and worm repellents for tomato plants are growing in popularity as people become more aware of the toxins in traditional products. Nothing is more discouraging than to go out to your garden and find those big green hornworms munching away on your beautiful tomatoes! The same goes for some of the primary pesky bugs like aphids, thrips, spider mites, whiteflies, and leafhoppers that devour the plant and leaves overnight or leave it looking half dead. There are probably things in your kitchen or bathroom right now that will work efficiently to make a natural repellent. READ MORE…

The recipe I am trying is this one:

~~Use Baking Soda~~

Mix up 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon mild detergent and 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil in a gallon of water to make a repellent for all kinds of bugs as well as a fungicide for blight and mildew on the tomato plant leaves. Shake it well before spraying and repeat every week for it to be effective.

I just sprayed the plants, and already see a decrease in the flying bug population so thought I would share.

Happy winter gardening!

Barb