Natural Fungicides for Seedlings and the Garden

Pam Ellingson Recipe

By Pam Ellingson wmnofoz

Your Garden
No-Cook or Other

I have some recipes for natural helpers in the garden that I was asked to post, so here is one of them. More to come

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store bought like "no damp"
neem oil
ground cinnamon
chamomile tea
compost tea
garlic fungicide
horseradish tea
apple cider vinegar drench
baking soda spray
milk and water drench
hydrogen peroxide drench

Directions Step-By-Step

These "remedies" have not been tested by me. I simply recorded them from the internet for my own information. These are recipes to prevent mold and mildew on seedlings, but may help prevent the same in the garden on fully grown plants also.
I LOVE *Neem Oil* which is all organic & all-natural (follow instructions). Spraying with Neem saved my squashes/melons/tomatoes seedlings (This is from the author of the article although I have heard that Neem oil is very effective from several professional gardeners)
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon over the surface of the soil & seedlings
Spray a weak solution of chamomile tea on the seedlings
- Watering or misting with strong chamomile tea
Spray with Compost Tea-- Compost soaked in water and strained.
Garlic fungicide: several garlic cloves (mash, pan simmered, cooled & spray)

Garlic spray acts as an insect deterrent also, encouraging insects to move on to more appetizing plants. Unlike many other types of insecticidal garden sprays, garlic can safely be applied to the leaves of plants. Drop the cloves from an entire bulb of garlic into the blender along with two cups of water, puree until finely blended and set it aside for a day. Then, strain out the pulp, mix the garlic liquid with a gallon of water and add it to a sprayer.
Horseradish Tea: 1/2 cup grated horseradish, soaked 24 hours in 8 ounces of water, strained and use this diluted.
Apple Cider Vinegar fungicide: 3 Tbs to 1 gallon water
Baking Soda spray: 1 Tbs Baking Soda, 2.5 Tb oil, liquid soap (NOT anti-bacterial), 1 gallon water
A weak solution of Milk (2 ounces) to Water (18 ounces) which changes the pH and kills mildew/mold
Spray a dilute mix of water and hydrogen peroxide 10:1
No matter what remember: For Seedlings, don't over water (leave sitting saturated), thin out the seedlings, keep them warm (65°+F),AND make sure that there's air-circulation (a small fan works).

It is lack of air movement and too much moisture that supports the mold growth.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American

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Shelia Senghas earthbaker
Jan 22, 2012
Living in SW Texas, spring comes very early. We will be starting seedlings indoors very soon to get a jump on the spring planting. Thanks for the information. It will undoubtedly come in handy as we only grow organic on our property.
Mar 3, 2012 - Pam Ellingson shared this recipe with discussion group: In the Garden----Out of the Garden
D P dp_23943
Jun 19, 2012
Good morning pam! I have a question. I have black ants eating to the inside of my rose buds. I have never seen this happen before. Do you have any idea what to do or use? I did open up one of the buds and I found a barely able to see aphid or something on that order. Thanks a bunch! Diane
Pam Ellingson wmnofoz
Jun 19, 2012
Diane, I was reading up on ants and aphids in Wikipedia and here is what they had to say:
Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plants they eat, eating the honeydew that the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a "mutualistic relationship". So they may not be eating the aphids, but "protecting" them for their "food supply". Either way, get rid of the aphids on your roses or they will be sickly and weak.
D P dp_23943
Jun 19, 2012
Okay! Thanks so much!