Energizing Earthworm Elixir
- 2.5 pounds earthworm castings
- 1/4 pound Epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons instant tea
Combine and put 1 cup under each transplanted tomato or melon before planting.
Organic Fertilizer Recipe
Mix uniformly, in parts by volume:
- 4 parts seed meal
- 1/4 part ordinary agricultural lime, best finely ground
- 1/4 part gypsum (or double the agricultural lime)
- 1/2 part dolomitic lime
Plus, for best results:
- 1 part bone meal, rock phosphate or high-phosphate guano
- 1/2 to 1 part kelp meal (or 1 part basalt dust)
Are you struggling with cabbage worms, spider mites, and aphids? Here are a few solutions to these common problems:
Spider Mite Fighter
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- 2 quarts water
Combine and apply with a spray bottle. This suffocates the spider mites.
Cabbage Worm Killer
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Combine and sprinkle on cabbage. After they eat it, the flour expands and kills the worms.
To fight aphids, I plant a little basil nearby. I have 10 times less aphids on my lettuce when I do this.
Orange Peel Spray
This is another mixture that can target the bad bugs destroying your plants. It will work great against soft-bodied bugs suck as aphids, fungus gnats, mealy bugs and will also repel ants.
- 2 cups boiling water
- Peelings of on orange
- A few drops castile soap
Take the boiling water and pour it over the orange peels and allow to sit for 24 hours. Take the mixture and strain it into a container and add the soap. Spray plants completely.
There is nothing more frustrating than watching your plants suffer and die from disease. Even though I live in an arid climate with almost no humidity, my zucchini and squash always suffer from powdery mildew. I think it’s because the leaves get watered by the irrigation from the lawn and nearby park. This concoction works, but you have to be regular and diligent about applying it.
Powdery Mildew Manager
- 2 quarts water
- 1 tablespoon Murphy’s Oil Soap
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
Combine and apply with a spray bottle. Catch it early or you might need to resort to stronger chemical methods.
Happy gardening everyone!