Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bug Juice

In the October 1976 the Rodale Organic Gardening and Farming magazine reported the use of ‘bug juice’ by a commercial farmer. He reported a cost saving of $5,000 per annum on his chemical bills and that after three years no further applications were required.

I kg of insects will treat 30 Ha.

Liquefy the bugs (slugs, caterpillars etc.) in a blender with about 1/3 the volume of water. Strain and use 4-5 ml per 100 l water.

Fermenting slugs after killing them with dry sugar also works. The dehydrated slugs are put in a container of water in a warm place for a few days, strained, diluted and sprinkled around the garden.

Various theories abound as to why this works: natural pathogens, attraction of predators, confusion of insect communication systems (they rely a lot on pheremones which are detected by smell).

# posted by douchebag1

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