Did you know that Milk can be good for your garden and use of milk in gardening can work as a fertilizer and help get rid of plant diseases like powdery mildew and viruses. To know more about this and the exact recipe to use in gardening.
Firstly, we shall talk about the benefits of milk in gardening and then in the end about the recipe and how to use it on your plants.
- Firstly, its use as a FERTILIZER – Milk contains calcium, beneficial proteins, vitamin B and sugars that are good for plants, improving their overall health and crop yields.
- Used as a quick remedy for Blossom End Rot (BER) commonly seen in tomato and pepper and spraying milk on the plant leaves helps a lot – that’s called foliar feeding.
This Blossom end rot is due to lack of calcium either in the soil or a defect in the plant system to uptake calcium from soil.
- Milk has been used as an effective antifungal agent, specially in the prevention of powdery mildew.
- Milk has been used in pesticide applications, especially for aphids. And also milk has been effective in reducing the transmission of mosaic leaf viruses such as tobacco mosaic.
There are certain drawbacks of using milk in garden, like:
- Excessive use of milk can help harmful bacteria to multiply and spoil the plant producing a foul odour and then poor plant growth.
- Rarely it can induce plant rot and some leaf spots if used inadvertently.
But, whatever, the benefits are a good thing for us in gardening. SO lets learn how to correctly use the milk in garden.
It’s a simple formula – just two points on this:
- If it’s skim milk, you can pour or spray it directly onto your plant’s leaves – this is called foliar feeding. The leaves will absorb the milk solution.
- Secondly to be on the safer side, use 50 percent Milk + 50% Water and spray on the plants foliage.
Now the question is How often you can do this – the answer is – use of milk monthly once is recommended. And for plants already suffering from blossom end rot problem, along with this quick remedy, you can also used calcium nitrate spray, egg shell powder in soil, bone meal powder and also garden lime in soil.
- Thirdly – one Gardening Hack to use this milk solution : You can pour the milk solution around the base of the plants where the roots will gradually absorb the milk especially for smaller gardens.
The gardening hack here is: Place the top portion of a 1or 2-liter bottle containing milk solution (upside down) in the soil next to the plant. This makes an excellent hack to offer both water and milk feed to your plants.
Lastly 2 more TIPS:
- 1. When you are finished with your milk container, before you wash it out, fill it with water and shake it and water your plants
- 2. Do not spray any form of chemical pesticide or chemical fertilizer after applying milk fertilizer. This can affect the useful ingredients in milk that actually help the plants— that’s the commensal bacteria.