Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
2 Hazards of gardens are plants that take nutrients and parasites like insects that eat the produce.
Chemical pesticides on crops are a recipe for long term disaster. Their use actually leads to increase losses due to killing of predators and development of resistance.
Biological and natural pesticides are much more selective, less disruptive, less persistent in the environment, and generally much less toxic to people.
Healthy plants growing in a fertile healthy soil getting adequate water are the best defense against diseases and insects.We are trying to develope natural pesticide that can be made from plants found in Haiti.
We know that Bitter orange peels (Citrus aurantium common in Haiti) can extract d-limonene a natural insectide.
To make it put a bunch of citrus peelings in a container and cover them with water. Let them sit for a couple of days in the sun or a solar oven, then strain off the liquid and add a little dishsoap.
The strength of homemade orange oil varies significantly, so you will have to experiment: Apply during the cooler part of the day on small portions of plants to prevent burning foilage when using this recipe. Diluted solution acts as an insect control when applied to plant foliage using a pump sprayer.
TEPHROSIA VOGELII also can make a very powerful natural insectide that can be sprayed on gardens costs little more than labor.
Mechanical means is our last method and probably the least popular. This involves labor...even bending down and pulling by hand or with a tool to remove root and all. And if you only have a few, this is the best method.