Gardening Notes for Dr Holly’s Radio Show on NFTS April 8, 2021

Last Update: April 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm


DATE: April 8, 2021


Gardening Notes for Dr Holly’s Radio Show on NFTS April 8, 2021


By Dr Holly

Heard Wednesdays at Noon PST on News for the Soul:


Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.


What’s Next?


Okay we have addressed several steps in preparing for a summer garden production. From preparing
with different manures, to plants that repel various pathogens.

The next step could be looking at various homemade formulas to prevent pathogens from infesting our

Websites: here are a few websites that you can look to for guidance and direction


Natural pesticides

1) Neem oil – preventative (aphids, beetles, whiteflies, mites, powdery mildew etc)
a. Works as fungicide, bactericide and plant parasites
b. Has sulfur (azadirachtin) which kills pests
c. ½ ounce neem oil
d. ½ tsp soap
e. 2 qts water

2) Epsom salts – great for potato beetles, slugs, snails, etc

a. 2 ounces of salt
b. 2 gallons water

c. Benefits: Helps with Black Spot, Mildew, Wilt and Rust

3) Cinnamon kills – aphids, ants,

a. 1 tbsp cinnamon oil
b. Oil
c. Water

4) Garlic spray (beetles, termites, wireworms, mice, mites, moles, ants, fungi,


a. Weak – 6 cloves in 1 gallon water
b. Strong – 2 cloves in ½ C wat
c. er

i. Pour boiling water over crushed cloves and let sit over night
ii. Strain into spray container
iii. Add cayenne pepper or hot sauce – protection against
greater number of pathogens
iv. Add 1 tbsp liquid soap or veg oil – oil smothers larvae
v. Spray weekly and under leaves

d. 2 hot peppers
1 large onion
1 whole bulb of garlic

i. Toss in the food processor and add 1/4 cup water, blend until a
mash is made. Cover mash with 1 gallon hot (not boiling) water and
let stand 24 hours. Strain. Spritz on roses, azaleas, vegetables to
kill bug infestations. Bury mash in ground where bugs are heaviest.
Good for thrips, aphids, grasshoppers, chewing and sucking

e. There is also a product called garlic barrier apparently

5) Onion Insect Repellent

*First published May 18, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
a. Save onion skins, peels and ends then refrigerate in an empty margarine-
sized tub or ziploc bag until the container is full.

b. Once you have enough, place the pieces in a pail and fill with warm water.
Soak for a few days, up to a week. Optional: You can keep this on the patio in
the sun to steep.

c. After one week, strain the bits out and store the batch in spray bottles. Bury
the onion bits around vegetation that are prone to aphids, spiders and other

d. Spray both house and garden plants to fight aphids and pests.

e. *You could also toss in your garlic trimmings with the onion pieces, bugs
hate garlic too.

b. Onion spray – same as garlic

6) Baking soda

a. 1 tbsp baking soda
b. 4 drops of liquid dish soap
c. 1 liter of water

7) Basil Tea

a. 1 C. fresh basil (or 2 TBS dried)
1 tsp liquid dish detergent
b. bring 4 cups water to a boil then add basil. Remove from heat, cover and
steep until cool. Strain. Mix in the soap. Good for aphids.


8) Salt spritz

a. 2 TBS salt
b. Combine salt with 1.5 gallons water to dissolve, allow to cool to room
temperature. Good for spider mites, caterpillars, cabbage worms and
chewing critters.

9) Horticultural Oil Mix

a) 1 TBS vegetable oil
b) 1 tsp liquid dish detergent
c) 2 C. water
d) Fill a spray bottle with the ingredients then shake well.

10) Pepper Recipe

a) 1/2 C. hot peppers (or 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper)
1 tsp liquid dish detergent
b) Bring 1 quart water to a boil, remove from heat and add peppers. Cover and
steep until cool. Strain then add soap. If using cayenne pepper, no need to
bring to a boil first.


11) Peppermint Tea

a) 1 TBS peppermint essential oil (an infusion made with mint leaves is also
suitable, increase amount to 1 cup infusion)

b) 1 quart water

c) Combine ingredients and treat as an insect spray (terrific for ants).
Specific parasites:
1) Wireworm – use potato – cut in half – poke in a wire – plant about 1-2 inches
into the dirt – pull up and throw out every 2-3 days
2) Peach fungus – on fruit trees – use garlic spray and afterwards use neem spray
3) Powdery mildew – baking soda and water