Yesterday we attempted to fight white fly in our school yard garden using a natural pesticide. White flies were beginning to cause an issue on the underside of our watermelon leaves, so one of my fellow trainees made a fermented Neem leaf tea as a pest deterrant. It may be the neem, or perhaps dirty water, but after waiting a week to apply this foliar spray, the solution stunk to high heaven. We were afraid we might be doing more damage than good by applying it to our plants (flys started to swarm on this putrid smelling mixture as soon as it left the bottle). We hope to make another, fresh, batch to compare odors...We literally couldn´t handle the smell and it quickly penetrated the bandana I tied over my nose. It was just another comical lesson in S.D. Along the way we used a plastic soda bottle for yet another use- By poking a very small hole in the cap of a used soda bottle, we were able to create a make shift spray bottle. We filled the bottle with the neem tea and squeezed it on to the plants. This fun tool could also double as a third world squirt gun in my opinion.
I received my site assignment today. Starting in August I will be serving in a small community outside of the city of Jinotega, Nicaragua. I am excited to get started in this mountainous village.