He told me to make a spray out of chilli and water. It's the most simple recipe in the world and completely free from chemicals and toxins.
Warning: Do NOT handle the chilli or chilli water with your bare hands at all, as it'll burn. Chilli burn is no joke. If your hand comes into contact with either, immediately wash under running water for about 2 minutes before continuing. If there are little kids in the house, make sure they stay away when you're making this.
10-15 of the hottest chillis you can find. I used Bird's Eye Chilli and Chilli Padi, two hot varieties.
Water, about 3 cups. I just filled up the mortar's cavity.
Mortar and pestle
1. Pound the chilli in mortar and pestle until crushed. Add water and let steep for about five minutes.
2. Strain the chilli water into a bowl. Only the water is to go into the spray bottle as the seeds and skin will clog it up.
4. Clean everything thoroughly.
5. Label the spray bottle accordingly. Keep it out of reach from children.
6. Spray on plants liberally to protect from ants and bugs. Take care when spraying, and make sure the wind is blowing away from you, so as not to get any on yourself or your eyes.
here, in case you need it, but I'd rather you never have to use it ok?
Happy bug-fighting! Here's the tomato plant I saved with the chilli water.
My growing garden, looking suitably...unkempt.
Here's a shot of my beautiful belimbing buluh, otherwise known as the mini starfruit, or biri-biri in Brazil.
Happy 2013. It's going to be fabulous!