Keep Your Garden Organic! 5 Home Remedies and 5 Helpful Tips to Beat Common Plant Diseases
There are many diseases that can attack your garden and wear down the health of your plants. After you’ve tilled the soil, started your seedlings and faithfully Sky Eden@Bedok Showflat watered and nurtured your vegetables, the last thing you want is for powdery mildew or fungus to get between you and that first crunchy cucumber. And buying pesticides and treatments at the store will add harmful chemicals to your future food, your soil, and the water runoff that returns to our creeks, rivers and oceans. Please don’t do that!
Here are 4 simple home remedies that can help you get rid of many common problems in your garden, safely and naturally. And you probably have at least three of them in your home already.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar to treat a host of plant diseases, including rust, black spot, and powdery mildew.
Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 2 quarts water
Pour into a spray bottle.
Spray the solution on infected plants in the morning or early evening — when temperatures have cooled and there’s no direct light on the plant.
Repeat until the condition is cured.
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
This simple treatment works great against plant fungus.
Mix 1 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a gallon of water.
Add several drops of liquid biodegradable soap to the solution to help it spread more evenly on the leaves.
Spray infected plants, including the undersides of leaves.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Both hydrogen peroxide and water are is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, but hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has an extra oxygen atom. When plants are watered with hydrogen peroxide, oxygen is released into the soil around the roots, resulting in rapid healthy root growth. Roots require oxygen and most root diseases are caused when they don’t get enough of it. This is usually a result of over watering, when the air spaces around the roots are filled with water instead of air. The plant cannot absorb nutrients properly when this occurs. It begins to wilt, and the caring gardener will add more water, which makes the problem worsen. Try using the cheap 3% hydrogen peroxide you can buy at the drug store. Mix 2 teaspoons to a gallon of water, and use this the next time you water.
Milk is a great fungus and virus fighter in the garden. To help prevent fungus, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of powdered milk to the soil around your plants early in the season BEFORE problems happen. If you see fungus on the leaves of your tomatoes, roses, or other plants, spray a diluted milk mixture (1 part milk to 1 part water) directly on the infected leaves. You can even use milk that has soured.
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