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There are a lot of home remedies that have been successfully used for centuries against all sorts of herbal ailments - not only against widespread pests such as aphids, but also against various fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Their action is usually based on natural minerals such as silica, which make the leaf surfaces of the plants more resistant to invading fungal spores. Most are teas, brews or Jauchen from various wild plants, which are particularly rich in certain minerals. Thus, they not only work against various pests and diseases, but also provide the plants with additional important minerals.
Broth and Jauchen for healthy plants
1. Nettle liquid manure has proven to be a short-term supplier of nitrogen, especially for strawberries, potatoes and tomatoes. In addition, you harvest flowering nettles and let one kilogram of fresh herbs ferment in ten liters of water for one to two weeks. One liter of this manure is diluted in ten liters of water. This allows you to water your plants every 14 days. Tip: To bind the unpleasant odor, sprinkle a handful of rock flour into the fermenting broth.
2. Tansy broth is recommended especially for the expulsion of mites on strawberries and shrub berries. The plants are sprayed for autumn after-flowering. This requires 500 grams of fresh or 30 grams of dried herb, which you give over 24 hours in ten liters of water. Then the broth must be diluted with 20 liters of water.
3. Horsetail broth is a proven organic remedy for fungal diseases on pome fruit and roses. To produce one kilogram of fresh or 200 grams of dried herb, which is soaked for 24 hours in ten liters of cold water. Two liters of it should be diluted in ten liters of water and used to pour or spray the plants weekly.
4. Onion and garlic tea also strengthens plants against fungal diseases. Pour 40 grams of chopped onions or cloves of garlic into five liters of boiling water, infuse for three hours, sift and sprinkle the plants undiluted with this tea every ten days. The antibiotic effect is based on various sulfur-containing compounds contained in the vegetable juice.
5. Skim milk or whey
One liter of skim milk or whey, which is diluted in four liters of water, has a preventive effect against leaf diseases and aphids on tomatoes. You should inject the plants weekly with it.
From the rhubarb leaves you can make a tea that makes your tomatoes more resistant to brown rot
6. Rhubarb tea has proven itself against cabbage and brown rot on tomatoes. For this you use one kilo of fresh leaves, which is poured with five liters of boiling water. The tea is injected undiluted on the plants.
7. Bracken broth, which is obtained from one kilogram of fern leaves in ten liters of water, can be injected undiluted against lice.
8. Comfrey manure is sprayed for plant strengthening. One kilogram of fresh cabbage must ferment in ten liters of water. Then dilute the broth 1:10 (100 milliliters of broth per liter of water).
9. Wormwood tea should help against mites, codling and cabbage. To do this, pour 150 grams of fresh cabbage with five liters of water and spray this tea diluted (250 milliliters of tea per liter of water).
10. Horseradish tea is a successful organic agent against peak drought in cherries. 40 grams of fresh leaves and roots are infused with five liters of water and injected undiluted into the flowers.