Well I know that commercial tomato growers here, don't permit
employees smoking in the glasshouses for that reason.
BTW, nicotine insecticides were banned here (UK ) years ago, because
they are a health hazard to people by skin contact. (and, to all
insects, including beneficial).
UNless you have an uncontrollable outbreak of pests, there's no
point applying "clean up" stuff.. Far better, to feed the soil (home
made compost, humus, mulches), so plants grow strong and healthy.
Encourage natural predators ( frogs birds and insects etc ) in the
garden and they will do all the necessary pest control.
Yeah...you talk about these natural predators like they're all sweet little
creatures, but this bastard attacked me back in September. Went right for my
throat, but I frightened it off with a blade of grass.
Tobacco extract is very poisonous. It will kill a great many insects and
other small organisms and you and your pets if you get enough into you.
Smokers survive (in the short term anyway) because most of the nicotine and
related chemicals are destroyed when the tobacco burns. Eat a few cigarettes
and go to hospital.
Plus antiseptic mouth wash! Just in case some microorganisms survive the
Your garden relies upon small living organisms don't sterilize it with such a
best advice I can give with those ingredients is this, in the following
Enjoy the tobacco in some paper with a filter whilst drinking a cup of tea
in the morning. Wash the cup in the lemon scented dish washing liquid & set
aside to drain. Gargle with mouthwash before you kiss your wife good bye in
the morning. Sounds like a far better use for the 'clean up tonic' to me.
You would be much better off adding beneficial microbes to your leaf
surface through AACT or Actively Aerated Compost Tea, than killing
everything with your recipe. Plants put out exudates (simple sugars,
carbohydrates, etc.) through their roots and also on the surface of
the leaves. In a healthy plant, these resources are taken in by
beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, which then occupy the
infection sites on the leaf and OUTCOMPETE the pathogens for that
space. It's a symbiotic relationship that's constantly occurring at a
Here's a good starting point for learning more:
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