As promised, here are the gardening remedies that I have been trying out around our house! I got the first two mixtures from this site via Pinterest. The third one I got out of a book last summer and I can’t remember what book it was, so I can’t give credit, but just know that it was not in any way my brain child.
To keep black spot off of my roses, I first plucked any leaves that I saw with black spot and put them into the compost bin (not on the ground because that may keep the fungus spreading in the roses). Then I sprayed all of the leaves with this mixture:
2 tea. baking soda
1/2 tea. liquid soap (I used Dr. Bronners)
2 qts. water
So far (about three weeks) they are looking fabulous. I did have to pluck and spray my worst one one more time, but all of the rest seem to be in good shape!
For a general insecticide in my vegetable garden, especially for my green bean plants which inevitably get eaten alive every summer and I never get a crop of green beans at all, I made a red pepper spray:
2 Table. red pepper powder
6 drops liquid soap (Dr. Bronners again!)
1 gallon water
I let this one sit overnight and then strained it because my red pepper was a bit chunky and wouldn’t spray correctly. So far my green beans are the best looking that I have ever grown. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Lastly, in my garden last year and almost as soon as I planted them this year, I have had horrible fungus/mold on my squash plants and last summer they didn’t produce any squash because of it. I was able to get rid of the fungus last year, but too late and I am determined to make sure I get some zucchini this year!! Here’s the spray for that:
1 Table. garlic powder
a few drops liquid soap (again with the Dr. Bronners–it keeps the spray bottle from clogging)
1 qt. water
This has also worked well and just yesterday I had to dose my cucumbers with it. Speaking of cucumbers, has anyone seen this floating around pinterest? I’m going to build one in the next couple of weeks and I’ll share it with you when I do!