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Kill that Fungus!!

Category: Organic Tips for your Garden | Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:25 pm

Hi there!!
Today I will give you a few hints on Fungus sprays. Most fungi love wet conditions, and overwatering can produce just such conditions. If your soil does not drain well, and water stands too long at the base and around the roots, then your plant or shrub, is a prime candidate for water mold root rot.
There is no cure for this disease, so once your bush or plant is infected there is little to do but remove it.
If you notice other fungal diseases, you can control many with fungal sprays, made from simple ingredients.

Baking Soda.
The same baking soda that you use for baking etc, makes a great spray to combat fungi that attacks plants. Mildew on roses
or brown rot on grapes are just a few of the problems that baking soda sprays will help cure.
Basic Soda spray:
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 gallon water
(optional) 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
Mix ingredients together and spray solution on problem areas. Repeat as necessary. The veg oil, helps the spray to stick to the leaves better.

Soda Spray for Rust.
2 tablespoons of Baking Soda
1 gallon water
6 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons kelp extract( get it in health stores)
Mix ingredients together and spray solution on rust-covered areas.Repeat as necessary.

As spring approaches ( I hope!!) dont forget when you remove the faded flowers from your bulbs, do NOT remove the foliage, as this is what feeds your bulb for next year.

When planting early vegetables, put them on the south side of the house etc. This will protect them from northerly heat, and then they release that heat at night.

Avoid planting related crops in the same spot year after year, for example:
tomato, peppers, potato.

When planting your tomatos try this:
instead of planting the stem of your seedlings straight down in the earth, plant them on their sides and cover with soil leaving only the tip of the plant turned up above the soil level. Firm in well. This allows roots to form along the stem under the soil, and will give you a much bushier and stronger plant.

Till next time!
Mrs Greenthumb

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eileen wrote on Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:07 am:

Thanks so much for all those useful tips Mrs G.

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