Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Spray bottleMilk Spray

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 milk
  • 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 refrigerated.

Spray the plant leaves, top and underside, and also the ground at the base of the plant.

Repeat weekly as needed, and after rain.

 

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