This Milk Anti-Mildew Spray is the next instalment in our Natural Kitchen Garden Remedies series of easy organic solutions to everyday pests problems and diseases in the garden.
We all know that milk is good for growing kids but it seems to be good for the garden too. Sprinkle outdoor plants with the water that you rinse out from empty milk containers before recycling. Tomatoes, peppers, cabbages and potatoes love milky water because it kills the tobacco mosaic virus and also protects cabbages from cabbage worms.
Using a spray of milk and baking soda is also one of the simplest and most cost effective ways of preventing and controlling powdery mildew on squash and cucumber plants.
When applied directly on the top surface and underneath the plant leaves, the baking soda increases the pH levels making it difficult for the fungi spores to survive. And it’s unclear how the milk actually works, but it seems to boost the plant’s own immune response helping it to fight back.
Mix 1 cup of cow’s milk in a litre spray bottle and fill up with water.
Add 1 tblsp of baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap and mix the contents well.
Spray both sides of infected leaves and reapply the solution once a week during warm summer months.