What can I do to help the basil in my garden from being eaten by insects?

I'm growing Basil in a few spots but I find its being eaten to death in the garden by insects. It does much better in a pot on a deck but I would like to know if there's anything that can be done to ward off insects.


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  • 10 years ago
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    If you want to go a more organic route you can spray your plants with a 1:1 mixture of alcohol and water which will kill insects on contact. Rubbing alcohol, like any alcohol for any creature, is poisonous in high dosages, and it evaporates quickly doing little damage to the plant it’s been sprayed on. Some people suggest a 1:3 mixture of rubbing alcohol to water, but the stronger the mixture, the more certain you are to getting as many bugs as possible. Make sure to cover the entire plant, focusing on the bottoms of the leaves where spider mites tend to hang out.

    If all else fails...try miticides. Some of the most common miticides are Avid, Kelthane, and just about anything that contains pyrethoids. These chemicals should be applied once every five days until all signs of infestation have gone.

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  • 10 years ago

    growing basil leaves and watering it everyday is considered auspicious and tends to ward off negative energies. do use a good fertilizer and pesticide after consulting a professional gardener to get rid of insects. also make sure that the plant gets enough sunlight. keep the surroundings clean around the plant and keep watch over decayed leaves and any deformation.


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