Can you spot the huge praying mantis on the mildewed squash?
While manning the PTF table at our most recent event and fielding a whole slew of questions – one was “how can I fight powdery mildew.” Is it just me but (warning an off topic tangent alert) what ever happened to polite greetings like “hi, how are you?” Instead of “I have a couple questions, number one….” My family and I are people not just walking encyclopedias. Just curious where common human courtesy goes to these day’s OK, tangent over — now, back to the question.
Simple, fight the ‘dew with milk. Yep, milk.
With the long drawn out days of summer vegetables become more stressed and susceptible to ailments like mildew. In such “tweener” seasons, all gardens start to look a bit on the haggard or raggedy side. But with good maintenance and upkeep you can lessen the plants susceptibility to a whole slew of pests and disease.
Longtime gardeners know that simple garden solutions can be found not at the local nursery but in your own kitchen.
Milk as a Garden Fungicide for Powdery Mildew, Botrytis, and Black Spots
Milk is a useful fungicide in the garden, and is more effective than standard chemical brands.
Researchers believe the potassium phosphate in milk boosts a plant’s immune system to fight the fungi.
Where most organic gardeners use a baking soda, soap and oil solution, milk may be substituted to combat the unwanted fungus.
Do you have any simple, household garden solutions? Care to share?