Tobacco tea receipe

Posted September 19th, 2012 by admin

A healthy garden helps keep bad bugs in check, but when it needs emergency help, this old-timers’ recipe beats artificial pesticides hands down. It’s called “tobacco tea,” and it’s inexpensive, easy to make, effective and natural. But natural does not mean harmless.
Nicotine will kill fish, birds, pets and make us sick if we don’t rinse spills off our skin immediately. But handled carefully, it makes a great recipe for pesticide control.
What you need:
1 3-ounce bag of chewing tobacco
1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid or cheap shampoo
A 1-gallon jar or old pitcher
strainer or nylons
water bottles
spray bottles
Drop the chewing tobacco into a wide-mouth 1-gallon jar or old pitcher; pour in 1 gallon of boiling water. Stir in 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid or shampoo (this acts as a surfactant for better sticking and penetration).
Let the mixture steep in the sun for two days, then strain the liquid through an old nylon to remove all the fine particles; store it in water bottles in your freezer until needed. (Be sure to label each so no one takes a sip!)