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Non-Chemical Garden Solutions:

Baking Soda as a Fungicide

1 ounce per gallon of water for roses

1/2 ounce per gallon for cucumbers, eggplants, strawberries.

Dawn dish soap – use 10 oz in an Ortho garden hose-end sprayer, set the dial at 1 TBS.
The dish soap breaks the friction in the soil, destroys insect eggs and stimulates hair root growth.
This will make 20 gallons and cover 5,000 sq ft of lawn, garden and shrubs. Apply every two weeks
CAUTION  : Do not use more soap than the recipe calls for or you risk killing your plants!
           

Fertilize with Epsom Salts
Gardeners apply it to tomatoes, peppers, and roses, hoping to produce
more flowers, greener plants, and higher yields.
Epsom salts is hydrated magnesium sulfate
1 Tbsp to a gallon of water once  every two weeks.

Epsom Salt Spray 2 ounces of salt 2 gallons water.
Benefits: Helps with Black Spot, Mildew, Wilt and Rust

Insecticidal Soap Spray for Spray Bottle

1  tablespoon liquid soap

1 quart water

Combine ingredients in a bucket, mix, then transfer to a spray

bottle as needed.

All-Purpose Pesticide Soap Spray

Strong smelling roots and spices such as garlic, onions,

horseradish, ginger, rhubarb leaves, cayenne and other hot

peppers, are all known to repel insects.

INGREDIENTS

A handful of roots and spices

Enough boiling water to cover

Soap Spray (recipe above)

Add the roots and spices to the bottom of a mason jar. Cover

with the boiling water, screw on the top, and let set overnight.

Strain, and add to the Soap Spray. Note that this will rot,

so use it all up or freeze leftovers for another time.

Garlic Spray

Use 2 to 4 heads garlic remove outer shell and mash, cover with boiling water, screw on the top,
and let set overnight. Deer and rabbits hate the smell of garlic. chopped up garlic around roses prevents aphids.

Chipmunks

Blood meal is a natural fertilizer, it won’t burn your plants and will deter chipmunks and cats from your garden.

10 Unusual Uses for Garlic: Treatment for Acne, As Mosquito Repellent, Protection for Your Pets, Garden Pesticide,
Antibiotic, Fish Bait, Glue, Cough Syrup, Aphrodisiac. Link

Mole control:•Stink them out of house and home with Pest Prevention Potion: 1 cup of ammonia,
1/2 cup of dish soap, 1/2 cup of castor oil, and 1/2 cup of urine mix in bucket and pour into a 20 gallon
hose-end sprayer. Saturate the runs, and water in well.

Ants:  1: 1/4 cup Boric acid mixed with 1/4 cup of sugar sprinkle in areas where you see them, reapply if it rains.

          2:  1. BAKING SODA AND POWDERED SUGAR
Mix together an equal amount of powdered sugar (also called icing sugar) and baking soda (formally called sodium bicarbonate). Place small amounts against the walls or in other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants. The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.
Powdered sugar is essential , larger grained sugar will not work. This is because the sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise avoid.
Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and expand.
Natural Homemade Pesticides:

Cooperative Extension System Offices for any county                   Identify plants by leaf structure

Disease Identification Key by Affected Plant Part                                 How to be a gardener

 

Guide to Growing Vegetables                      Vegetable Diseases                     Plant search and plant swap

 

bug guide       Insect Images                      Plants that repel insect              Insect identification State=Michigan                 


The good and bad about weeds                 Common Tree Diseases                Internet Gardening Sites

How to Grow Herbs | Medicinal and Culinary Herb Growing                           Gardening in Michigan

Mix-Hydroponics-Nutrients,                         How to Mix the Nutrient Solution

Hydroponic lesson plan                               Better home and garden plant-dictionary

 

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