A great organic product for the Contract Farming Project – Red Pepper and Garlic Spray

For the last several months I’ve been experimenting with various organic products that are easy and cheap to make for use by farmers participating in the Contract Farming Project in the village.  After various experiments, a concoction consisting of red peppers, onion and garlic is the ‘winner’.

boiled red peppers, garlic and onion ('just add water...')

Red Pepper, Onion and Garlic Spray
  • Cut up one unpeeled onion and one unpeeled head of garlic.
  • Add one heaping tablespoon of red pepper (here we also use local red peppers – cheaper for the farmers) to three pints water in a saucepan.
  • Cook about 20 minutes on low heat.
  • Let the spray cool.
  • Pour it in jars and cover
  • It will keep several weeks.
  • When you are ready to use the herbal spray, use one tablespoon per pint of water – or adjust according to prevailing conditions.

Adapted from:   Sally Odum

In our field  trials this mixture lasts for about two weeks.  Also, using just the red pepper (with no onion or garlic) also works – an advantage for some of our poorer farmers.

This spray meets one important criteria of the project, which is to introduce technologies that can be continued by participating farmers long after the project is over – and will work with their other crops.

In fact, Chef Richard at the Hotel is so pleased with it, that he intends to introduce it back to his Shamba (farm) in the Rift Valley of Kenya, when he returns for a vacation later this month.

Making the spray with red pepper powder - 'remains of the day' are in other pots

This is a really inexpensive and easy organic spray for central Africa.

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7 Responses to A great organic product for the Contract Farming Project – Red Pepper and Garlic Spray

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  3. Allison says:

    That’s what I thought, thanks. I’m curious though, does it keep out all bugs? I’ve got a large garden and while I have unwanted bugs, I also have helpful bugs: lots of bees, spiders, butterflies, and the occasional praying mantis. I depend on the bees for pollination (but the oppressive and lasting hot temperatures aren’t helping).

    When should I use this spray? After pollination? And will it keep all bugs out of my garden or just the ones I don’t like?

    I grow many varieties of: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans (the Mexican bean beetle got most of those), basil and lots of other herbs, melons, and many types of flowers.

    Love the blog by the way. I also study food and history.


    • dianabuja says:

      Thanks Allison. I will have better answers to your questions in a few weeks – we’re still in trials using this product. However, given the fact that locals simply cannot affort commercial products and that this is both simple/cheap as well as organic, for the time being it’s the ‘best bet’ we have.

      Will add more information by way of blog as the weeks go by. Glad you like the blog!


  4. Allison says:

    What is the spray used for? Is it an insecticide?


    • dianabuja says:

      Allison – Thank you for the question! It is a spray we’re using for bugs in the vegetable plots. Very effective.


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