Tomatoes are getting a bit of a hammering from grubs, fruit fly and green shield bugs, and a great way to keep fruit clean is to apply a chilli and garlic spray.
Garlic is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties but its insect-repellent qualities are as famous as those of chillies.
Grubs in cabbages are also controlled well this way.
The recipe is one I often get asked for.
For the chillies, use one of the habanero or ghost style, two Thai bird's-eyes or two to four jalapeno-type chillis.
My rule is if I can't stand the taste they won't be able to either.
Chilli and garlic spray
·3 large cloves garlic, crushed
·chillis, finely chopped (chop with gloves on to avoid stinging eyes later)
·2 tbsp liquid soap or olive oil
·one litre of water
Combine the garlic, chillis and oil and leave to soak overnight. Strain and add to the litre of water along with the liquid soap. Spray regularly.