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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Home Remedies for the Garden: Powdery Mildew and Baking Soda

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I want to bring a few ideas for pondering to the garden. I have used my on versions of these recipes. Remember the key is prevention and a structured plan for application. Managing Plant Diseases in the Home Garden. This is a 46 page document that lists different products for disease control if you ever wanted to know what is available and how to apply them. I found the Powder Mildew Recipe most interesting.

Home Remedy for Powdery Mildew
This is the home version of ‘Remedy’ fungicide. ‘Remedy’ is potassium bicarbonate based, while this mixture is sodium bicarbonate based. The sodium version is not quite as effective as the potassium product.Sodium bicarbonate homemade fungicide recipe:

1 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
1 gallon of water

Shake to mix thoroughly. Spray on plants to runoff. Reapply on a short (frequent) interval of 5–10 days. Use a shorter interval during rainy weather.

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