Eat What We Grow
We sometime tend to overlook black, grey or white mould growing on our plants, but fungi can cause serious problems in your garden. They depend on other living things to provide it with food. As they feed, fungi block the plants intake of water, nutrients and sunlight which are needed to keep your garden healthy and growing. Fungi may also lead to seedling collapse, deformities and fruits rotting.
Regular clearing of vegetable remains and destruction of affected plant matter are excellent preventative measures. In addition keep the leaves dry by watering at the base of the plant. If all else fails, the following homemade remedies may be applied.
Add these ingredients to a gallon of water and mix well. Consistently shake the solution while spraying. It is recommended that the solution be tested on a small leaf surface before applying to the entire plant.
Milk provides plants with potassium phosphate which is needed to control the spread of fungi. It can be applied to any plant, vegetable or flowers. Any form of milk (skim, whole or powdered) works.
Spray the garden or affected plants every 3 or 4 days.
A milk fungicide solution can range from 1 part milk to 8-9 parts water. For greater impact to a milk-only solution may be applied.