How to Use Essential Oils for Gardening

How to Use Essential Oils for Gardening

Apart from repelling pests, essential oils also help in attracting beneficial pollinators! Here are the Best Essential Oils for Gardening and How to Use Them!

Essential oils have several medicinal properties. Besides many uses in the health and beauty sector, essential oils are used in gardens to prevent harmful pests and diseases. Learn more about the best essential oils for gardening and how to use them!


Using Essential Oils in the Garden

1. Rosemary Essential Oil

Best Essential Oils for Gardening and How to Use Them

Rosemary essential oil has a woody scent and is a great option for pest control in the garden. You can use it to deter pests like aphids, cabbage butterfly, flea beetles, ants, and more. It can be used as an essential oil tea for cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Spray a few drops, in the pot, to keep the bugs away from chewing up the foliage.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has a strong, sweet fragrance that helps in repelling many garden pests like flies, aphids, spiders, cutworms, slugs, and beetles. Also, this essential oil is ideal for preventing mice, squirrels, and moles. Soak a cotton ball with few drops of peppermint oil and place it on the infected areas, or near the mole tunnels.

3. Melaleuca Essential Oil

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This oil is perfect if your garden plants are suffering from the fungus. Prepare a spray with 1 part melaleuca essential oil and four parts water and mist the plants and soil. This oil can make the plant more sun-sensitive. Hence use it on stems instead of leaves, as its coating can burn the leaves.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is an excellent pest repellant and a wonderful attractant for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Take a few drops of this essential oil in a cotton ball and place it near the pots. You can also make a spray with water and mist the affected area with the solution.

5. Wild Orange Essential Oil

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Orange essential oil is another excellent option to attract pollinators in your garden. You can mix it with lavender or rosemary essential oil to prepare a solution. Fill it in a spray bottle or soak some drops on a cotton ball, and place or spray it on pots to attract the pollinators.

6. Cinnamon Essential Oil

This strong-smelling cinnamon essential oil works best for getting rid of weeds and pests like ants, snails, gnats. It also helps in preventing fungus. You can make a solution with 10-15 drops of cinnamon oil and water. Use this spray on weeds or other infected areas.

Note: Do not overspray as it can burn the plant.

7. Basil Essential Oil

You can use basil essential oil to keeps the insects away from plants like beans, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes.

8. Clove Essential Oil

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Clove essential oil is an all-purpose garden use oil that works on killing weeds, prevents mildew/fungus/mould, and repels insects on plants and soil. Use it as a spray, or on a cotton ball, soaked with the solution, on your plants and soil.

9. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil has a strong smell. It can be used in the garden to treat fungal infections. Also, you can use it to prevent flying pests like greenfly, carrot fly, mosquitoes, and other flies.


Sprays

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Take 4-6 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Fill it 3/4th with water, and your mixture is ready! Remember to shake the bottle before every use. For best results, spray the plants early morning or evening, as the cool atmosphere helps in quick absorption.

Recipe:

Insect Deterrent Spray

Use a large spray bottle and add 1-2 drops peppermint, rosemary, and thyme essential oil. Fill it half with water. Mix well and use it early morning or evening.

Fungus Spray (Powdery mildew, blight, etc.)

Take 3 litres (1 gallon) spray bottle and add one drop oregano oil, five drops tea tree essential oil, one squirt Castile liquid soap, three tablespoons baking soda, and fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution on plants once a week, in the morning or evening.

Essential Oil Weed Killing Spray 

Take a spray bottle and fill it with distilled white vinegar (below the fill line), one squirt of Castile soap, 15 drops of clove essential oil, and ten drops of cinnamon essential oil. Shake well and spray this solution on weeds.

Note: Use it only on weeds and not on plants as it can kill them.

Cotton Balls

You can use cotton balls to prevent pests at the ground level. Soak cotton balls in any of the essential oils from the list and put near burrows or rodent nests. They can be used in the garden to attract pollinators as well.

Strings or Strips

If you don’t want to use spray, then strings or strips are a good option. Soak cotton strips in essential oils and hang from a tree branch and near plants. The smell of these oils can confuse insects and repel pests.

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