All Purpose Lawn & Garden Green Up/Bug Tonic



Here's what I use in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer once every two weeks during growing season to give the garden a little green up boost, keep the soil soft, and discourage insects.


All Purpose Green Up & Bug Tonic

This "thunderstorm in a bottle" tonic will do the following:
Soften compacted soil, discourage bugs & insects, green up your lawn, garden, shrubs, & trees by feeding in nitrogen, AND with the compost tonic elements included it will help break down thatch in your lawn. 

Ingredients include:
1 can of beer
1 can of cola
8 oz. of ammonia (lemon if you have it)
1 cup of lemon dish soap
8 oz. of yellow mouthwash (with LISTER) don't use the green mouthwash
For bugs: add 8 oz. of tobacco tea (see video below)

You can also add a tsp. of Miracle Grow for watering cans to the mix if you'd like an extra boost.  Mix it all in a pitcher or bucket, pour into a 20 gallon hose end sprayer and let loose a Thunderstorm in a Bottle!


11 comments:

  1. I just use the drunken compost mix when composting. 1 can of beer, can of cola and the ammonia take up the entire 20 gallon hose end sprayer.

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  2. Do you use the bug tonic on tomatoes with the tobacco juice? Any fear of TMV?

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    1. No tobacco mosaic occurs from BURNT tobacco. ;)

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  3. Great video; I have a adjustable ml/l sprayer. What should I set it to? I assume your mixture goes on at roughly 80:1 ratio (water to tonic) Thanks in advance. Gord from Edmonton,Ab,Canada

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    1. I don't know. Mine is a 20 gallon hose end sprayer. 20 gallons of water to the contents of the sprayer.

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  4. I must say I am totally impressed with this...it works fantastic! But I must wonder Mr. Reaganite...how the hell do you come up with this stuff...do you just sit in your garden drinking your coffee and see these ingredients around you and say "Oh hey...yeah I bet that would work...lets throw that in there...and hey why not this too?" No matter how you came up with it...I am sure glad you did cause my garden looks great! Thank you "Lucky"

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  5. Do you spray the leaves or just the ground? Also, what brand of ammonia do you use?

    Thanks

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    1. I spray everything (in the early evening when the sun is low). It's good for everything. Any regular ammonia will work. I like the yellow kind though, because I'm told bugs hate the lemon scent.

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  7. I love your site - you are teaching me so much - and I am pretty close to brand new at gardening. I intend to continue to follow your instructions. We have a few tomato plants coming up from seed inside and a lavender which I'm thinking we may have messed that one up. One sage that's doing great - and we just bought a few other vegetables, herbs, and marigolds and such to put in our bag raised beds tomorrow: so I'm going to be needing your help - but I first want to know are you related to Dave Ramsey - you have got to be - and just a note - in case you happen not to know one another - my mom and grandmother just happened to find a third cousin when he came in as the new preacher. They kept saying he reminded them so much of mom's brother - and after a couple of conversations - sure enough they were third cousins. So, in case you don't know one another - I'm pretty sure you're related. My daughter said the same thing - we've been in his classes, too. Just
    interesting. Thanks for all your great info!

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  8. Hi I'm new to your site and boy am I glad I found you!! You are a wealth of information and thanks for sharing your ideas and resources!!

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