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Use One Kitchen Spice To Keep Your Peaches & Potatoes Aphid-Free
While home remedies like Epsom salt and vinegar can help get rid of aphids in your garden, there's another common kitchen ingredient that you can use: cinnamon.
Cinnamon is so effective due to its pungent, spicy scent caused by the agents cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. In high doses, they can prevent aphids from laying eggs.
This kitchen spice makes for a cheap, effective, eco-friendly way to control pest problems via prevention. There are a few methods you can try when using cinnamon.
To deter insects that don't like cinnamon's potent smell, place cinnamon sticks in the soil around your plants. For a natural look, break up cinnamon bark and add it to the soil.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle cinnamon powder on the soil, as some insects hate the texture of it under their feet. Just ensure it's 100% ground cinnamon and not cinnamon sugar.
To target problem areas, create a cinnamon spray using cinnamon powder or oil. If you use powder, mix two teaspoons into four cups of warm water and let it steep overnight.
When using cinnamon oil, stick to the ratio of 1% cinnamon to 99% water. Wipe your plants beforehand to remove any aphids, then spray liberally all over the plant and soil.