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A Safe and cheap alternative to insecticide

Do you plant a vegetable garden but can't stand useing dangerous insecticides to keep your veggies free from all those little critters that love to snack on the leaves and the veggies. Try these 2 safe and effective methods.
1. In a spray bottle mix 1 cup of hot sauce with 3 cups water and shake untill combined. Spray plants with a heavy coating and repeat periodically.
2. If you use a fireplace during the winter save a few coffee cans of fireplace ash. During the growing season periodically sprinkle the ash on the plants to keep most beetles away. The ash gets on the beetles shell and they try to scratch it off removing the protective waxy film on the shell. This film keeps them from drying out in the sun.

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Small bees in the corner of my planter, in the dirt. Will they leave on their own or do I have to force them out? They are killing my plants.

Go out to Lowe's or a similar store which has a good garden shop and pick up an organic spray insecticide that contains pyrethrins (organic insecticide made from chrysanthemums). That'll get those little buggers out. I have many houseplants and use Garden Safe Houseplant and insect eliminator. Treat all your houseplants every couple weeks with it.

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what can be done for beans or peas with stunted growth

Plants stunted; vines off-colour; roots rotten or absent. Root rot and crown rot. Improve soil drainage by adding aged compost to planting bed. Destroy infected plants. Rotate crops. Plant resistant varieties.
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how do i rid of fruit flies in my plants

I've had the same problem and was able to get rid of the fruit flies using the following method.

First, sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the dirt in the plant pots. Diatomaceous earth is all natural and non-toxic, but it will kill the fruit flies.

Here's a link for killing bugs naturally with diatomaceous earth:
How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally with Diatomaceous Earth

Next, make a mild soap and water solution, pour it in a spray bottle and spray the plants. Make sure the solution is mild because if it's too strong it will affect the plants.

Here's a link for the homemade insecticide soap recipe:
How to Make Homemade Insecticidal Soap for Plants Today Homeowner

The combination of the diatomaceous earth and insecticide soap will take care of your fruit fly problem. It will probably take about a week or so for all of the fruit flies to die, but if you're vigilant you'll take care of the problem.

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