Many plants suffer
from fungal diseases and mildew. Wagner Bettiol, a Brazilian
agronomist, found that a simple 20% solution of milk was
more effective as than synthetic fungicides for controlling
mildew, blight, various fungi, and tomato mosaic virus. A
weak milk solution also serves as a foliar fertilizer.
Powdered milk works well, as
there is less fat to clog the sprayer, and it is easy to
store and to make up into your spray solution as you need
it. To make one cup of milk spray, mix together well:
- 5 teaspoons powdered
- 1 cup water
Stir until completely
dissolved before pouring into a spray bottle. Only make up
what you will need, as the mixture will sour unless kept
Spray the plant leaves, top and
underside, and also the ground at the base of the plant.
Repeat weekly as needed, and after rain.