Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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DIY Insecticidal Soap

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well:

  • 2 c. rain (or soft or distilled) water

    • Using soft water or rain water is important. Soap kills insects by infiltrating the bug's respiratory system and then breaking down cell membranes. Hard water can tie the soap up in the form of scum so that it can't penetrate into the respiratory system. If that happens, it won't work as an insecticide.

  • 1 Tablespoon olive or canola oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid Ivory soap

    • Using Ivory liquid or another pure soap is important because many dish detergents contain chemicals and degreasers that can damage a plant.

To avoid burning plant foliage, spray the plant early in the morning before plants are in full sun. Don't apply when temps are above 90 degrees.

  

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