Updated: Mar 17, 2021
If you are not using essential oils for your vegetable garden but are an essential oil user, let me tell you, you are missing out! My favourite use is for treating pests and powdery mildew and my next favourite is using a nice smelling, natural bug repellent when the mosquitoes are bad here in Alberta. Good quality essential oils are organic and plant based making them an ideal product for using in your garden! My favourite brand of essential oils are the Young Living ones. I find them extremely concentrated and very high quality compared to other brands I have tried.
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Essential Oils for Garden Pests and Disease
I have used the Young Living Thieves cleaner to treat spider mites, aphids, powdery mildew and small flies on my plants with fantastic results! The benefit of using the Thieves cleaner rather than concentrated essential oils is that you are unlikely to accidentally burn the leaves of your plants with the cleaner solution (yes I have burned my plants by mixing oils to concentrated!). This amazing cleaner is an all natural non-toxic multipurpose cleaner designed for use in your house but happens to also work so well for garden pests! I have been so pleased with the complete success I have had of eliminating pests after just 2 to 3 treatments with the Thieves cleaner spray! My favourite treatment is a concentration of 1 capful of Thieves cleaner with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray all leaves and soil, making sure to get underneath the leaves as well as on top. Spray again in two days. Keep an eye on your plant and treat it a third time if any sign of pests remains. This spray can also be used to treat mold on the surface of your soil
If you don't have any Thieves cleaner on hand another option is this Pest be Gone recipe.
Essential Oil Bug Spray
Another great use for essential oils in your vegetable garden is making your own natural bug spray! Not only does it smell wonderful but it keeps those annoying Alberta mosquitoes off me. Keep in mind you will need to repeat the use of this every two hours. Because this is all natural it diffuses after a few hours.
Here is a recipe to make your own natural essential oil insect repellent.