There’s a lot of things that we can do at home to work as a fungicide o our plants. We begin to see fungal problems when brown spots appears on the leaves of our plants. That is the beginning of the disease. That will turn color yellow soon and it has spores that will spread all over the plant.
So how can we deal with this fungus?
Manual removal of leaves
We can manually remove all these infected leaves as many as possible. It will stop the spores from spreading everywhere.
Another solution is to mulch the soil. Pick up the fallen leaves and go ahead mulch the soil underneath that because some of the spores are there too. This is to prevent the spores from returning to the plant.
A bit of aspirin may be very useful against fungus. Aspirin is a source of acetylsalicylic acid which builds up resistance in the plants. You may use them every two to three weeks for the plants.
Another solution is to use some of your kitchen ingredients, the baking soda. Baking soda is a good fungicide. To use baking soda as fungicide, take 1 tablespoon of the baking soda, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, or a bit of mild soap and thoroughly mix these ingredients in 1 gallon of water. This will control black spot, white powdery mildew and other fungal problems.
Garlic is another solution against fungal diseases. This is a well-known one from the past. What you do is you use the different cloves, we’ll take them apart, and you’ll smash them up really well, and then you’ll use the whole bulb. Put them in the water and let it soak for a while. Give it a good soaking. Then when you’re ready to use it, you’ll go ahead and put it through a strainer and then into the sprayer. It does a very good job of controlling diseases.
This is another thing that you can find in your house. It is usually used to clean our wounds but it plays a lot of roles in the organic garden. And so it is a very good disease fighter. When you spray it to your plant, it begins to control any of the diseases before they get started. Use 8 oz to 1 gallon of water. One of the things about using hydrogen peroxide is you need to be very careful with it. This could burn the plants. You need to be conservative when you use something like the hydrogen peroxide.
Did you know that milk is a great fungicide also? You can control your diseases easily by spraying the milk on the affected leaves. Use 1 cup of milk in 9 cups of water then use it to spray on your plants. This will prevent powdery mildew on your grapes, squash, and melon. You can also use this spray to clean your tools to remove some diseases on your tools and it was found to be more effective than some other chemical controls.
When you follow the directions for all of these solutions, you will get the beneficial effects.