This past weekend – 19-20 March was a good one for making insect peppers, particularly for flying insects. A pepper is made to ward off insects which are hammering your garden (or have the potential to) without resorting to chemical means. In biodynamics you collect and kill the particular insect (in the appropriate sun/moon phases) and burn them to ash, grind the ash and sprinkle it around the garden. You can also make a homeopathic solution with the ash, which can be used at other times.
The locusts have been thick and fast around Newstead, so this was the main ingredient (we used fresh roadkill) and we added cabbage moth butterfly and harlequin bugs (stink bugs). Even though the day favored flying insects, we added some others (slugs, snails, slaters and pear/cherry slugs) because they have been very active in our garden, despite the presence of predator insects and birds. It’s probably best though, to stick to one type of pepper, though because appropriate dates will depend on the type of insect (flying, ground dwelling, or ‘watery’ ones like slugs). Check Brian Keats’ astrocalendar for correct timing.
Here’s the process: