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Plants and Diseases: 5 Natural Remedies

by on June 8, 2012

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Plant disease and insect infestations don’t have to ruin the day or the garden. Here are 5 of our favorite natural remedies for common garden diseases :

1 Vinegar
A solution of 5 Tablespoons of 5% vinegar to 1 gallon of water can be sprayed on plants infested with leafspot or mildew to eliminate the problem. Spray first thing in the morning for several days until symptoms dissipate.

2 Chamomile Tea
To avoid the condition known as damping off in new seedlings, water with chamomile tea. This is also an effective fungicide that will help with mildew.

3 Aspirin
Believe it or not, that same pill that has knocked out headaches for generations can knock out black spot, powdery mildew, and rust in your garden. Dissolve two uncoated aspirin tablets in a quart of water and use the mixture as a foliar spray.

4 Garlic
Garlic has powerful antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties and that applies just as much to plants in the urban garden. Add 2 cloves of garlic to a quart of water in your blender and thoroughly blend. Strain and pour into a container with a lid and add 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. To use, mix 1 part garlic mixture to 10 parts water in a spray bottle and spray entire plants being sure to get both the top and underside of the leaves.

5 Tape
The simple and effective way to remove tiny  aphids and other insects from the leaves of your precious plants? Regular household tape. Wrap a strip sticky side out around your hand and use it to quickly remove the little buggers from the leaves without damage.

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