Choose the natural way of keeping the pests out and diseases at bay! Check out these handy home recipes for you to try out in your garden.
Milk and water: To prevent fungus growth, all you need is milk and water. Pour an equal amount of each into a bottle and shake. Spray your plants twice a week with this chemical-free fungicide for a healthy
Apple cider vinegar: Mix tablespoons of natural apple cider vinegar and litres of water in a 1:1 ratio. Spray plants during the cool part of the day for fungal diseases. Adding molasses at one fourth tablespoon per litre will help further.
Baking soda fungicide: Mix one teaspoon of baking soda and one fourth teaspoon of horticultural oil (or citrus oil, or molasses) into one litre of water. Spray lightly on the foliage of plants infected with black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch and other fungal diseases. Take care not to over-use or pour onto the soil. Potassium bicarbonate is a good substitute for baking soda.
Neem oil: Extracts from Neem have shown incredible success with not only battling fungus problems but also many forms of root rot. Mix 15 grams of Neem oil with two litres of water. Add a little soap to the water. Spray on the whole plant, including the pot. Use a weaker concentration for maintenance. Don’t mix more than you need. Neem is also excellent as an antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti ulcer.
Cornmeal juice: Soak horticultural cornmeal in water at half a cup per two litres of water. Put the cornmeal in a nylon stocking bag, or cheescloth, to hold in the larger particles. The milky juice of the cornmeal will diffuse into the water and this mix should be sprayed without further diluting. Cornmeal juice is a natural fungal control for use in any kind of sprayer.