Earlier this week I talked about cleaning your pruning shears to avoid spreading diseases from plant to plant. Another great preventative tool is insecticide soap, which is exactly what is sounds like - simply mix 1-2 tablespoons of soap with approximately 1 quart of water. A natural pesticide can then be made from this solution for using some roots and herbs and combining with this solution. Simply gather some strong smelling roots and spices, such as pepper, garlic, onions, etc., and place in a ventilated container, cover with boiling water, sit overnight and strain. Add the solution to your soap solution and spray on and around your plants. This will help to deter insects and other pests.