Minerals Used in Natural Disease Controls
Is a mixture of copper sulfate and
lime. Used in France for at least 100 years. Very poisonous, be careful applying. Follow
instructions on label. Good for fungus diseases on grapes, fruits such as peaches, apples.
Used against Potato blight. Helps roses with fungus. Available from Peaceful
Valley farm and garden supplies,
ARBICO, etc and at most nurseries.
Calcium can be used to reduce
certain types of bacteria, fungi found in certain diseases. Also beneficial bacteria will
enjoy the calcium in their diet. So a good spray will naturally be a mixture of calcium
and a bacterial source. Calcium can be obtained from crushed egg shells. Bone meal is also
a good source of calcium. Milk provides calcium and a beneficial
bacteria (see milk). Rock
dust is also high in calcium (see rock
Copper is an excellent natural
fungicide, controls diseases of vine crops, potatoes, leaf spot, anthracnose, downy
mildew, powdery mildew, scab, fire blight, bacterial spot. Available in liquid or dust
form. Available from most nurseries. Try Peaceful Valley. Use
sparingly. Prevents black spot on roses, tomatoes; and other diseases. A rotenone/copper
mixture will also control insects. Excellent for use on melons and cucumbers. Can be used
as a liquid for spraying or as a dust for dusting. A 50/50
copper/magnesium spray is very good for most bacterial control.
Available in Epson salts.
available at most drug stores. Magnesium will help to reduce stress on the plants. Plants
can become stressed, out due to minerals not being available to them. High nitrogen causes
imbalances in the soil, and plants bio-mechanisms, resulting in the locking up of trace
minerals in the soil, and the in ability of the plant to intake the required minerals.
Sulfur (wettable or liquIs an ancient tool of the organic
farmer. A natural fungicide and insecticide. Used for rust, powdery
mildew, leaf spot, brown
rot. Also a good soil acidifier. Available from ARBICO, most nurseries. Micronized sulfur is an extremely fine dust which when dusted on
plants will control apple scab, cedar-apple rust, black rot, leaf spot, and powdery
mildew. Liquid sulfur is also available.
This exotic element is just as
important as the top three (NPK) without which the plant would die. Zinc is normally
readily available but when the flow of the over 72 minerals needed by the soil and plants
is interrupted, the zinc will be used up by the plants. When the plant don't even have any
zinc left they go into immediate stress. Good rich compost will provide the zinc.
see also Rock Dust Dept
An invention of mine, is a result of many years of
experimentation and assimilation of my mothers knowledge as well as from my
own experiences as a gardener. I like to call SuperSeaweed a
“micro-biological activator”. In simple terms, it is a special blend of five
different types of deep ocean seaweed, chosen for its purity and for its
special bacteria. Here is a list of the bacteria I add to make Superseaweed:
Endomycorrhiza: Glomus intradices, G. aggretaum, G. mosseae; Ectomycorrhizal
fungi: Pisolthus tinctorius, Rhizopogon villosulus, R. luteolus, R.
amylopogon,R. fulvigleba, Humic acid from leonerdite. Each seaweed, being
from a different part of the world, contains its own special bacteria and
its own special minerals as well. Blending these different liquid seaweed's
produces a complete bacterial and mineral ‘soup’. To this mixture I have
added rock dust, which increases mineral content such as calcium, iron, etc.
I also add activated Willard Water (TM), and Agri-Gro (TM). SuperSeaweed
Bloom is a special blend of liquids that encourages your plants to Bloom
- Contains key amounts of iron, manganese, zinc and other micronutrients. Naturally chelated and complexed using citric acid. 2% Fe, 2% Mn, 3% Zn. Use for iron, manganese, and/or zinc deficiencies. Use 1 tbs per gallon of water, depending upon crop. Use 1 tbs per gallon of water, depending upon crop. Or use about 1 qt per acre.
A stimulant to plant growth. Use in conjunction with other organic fertilizers as a soil drench or foliar feed. Natural enzymes, hormones, vitamins, amino acids, nutrients, sugars, plant acids and surfactants encourage compact growth, nutrient uptake, increased yields, and enhanced flavors. Derived from oat bran, kelp, wheat malt, molasses and yeast. Use 1-4 tbs/gallon of water, depending upon need.
Brix Mix Liquid
Created by Invisible Gardener and continuously improved upon with over 38 years of research and grower trials. Formulated to increase Brix (or sugar content). Brix Mix . Raising Brix levels brings quick & dramatic production benefits. Insect and disease reduction for aphids, leafminers, flea beetles, whiteflies, spider mites, caterpillars, powdery mildew, botrytis, brown rot, anthracnose, shot hole and other fungi. High Brix also helps crops deal with climatic and other stress, and maintain its quality during post-harvest handling.
Mined Trace Minerals
A natural mineral product produced by thousands of years of glacial
action and other earth actions to produce rock dust. A wide variety of rocks containing a spectrum of trace minerals are
collected and pulverized by the expansion/contraction action of the earth. 5 different rock dusts are mixed togther then bacteria is added. See more about rock dust below..
Trace Mineral Amendment This natural fertilizer (described in Secrets of the
Soil as "rock dust") is actually an ancient deposit of aluminum silicate
clay and marine minerals. In use for over 50 years as a source of available
potash (0.2%) and over 50 trace minerals, including calcium (1.8%), sodium
(0.1%), and magnesium (0.5%). Apply at .25-2 tons/acre, or .25-2 lb/10 sq
ft. Use as an annual top dressing on citrus trees, where soil pH is 6.5 or
lower, at 5 lb/tree, or 15 lb on blight-stricken trees. Azomite can also
used in animal feeds at a rate of 0.5% of feed mixture, as a trace mineral
supplement and a natural anti-caking agent. This is one of the rock dust I use in my special rock dust blend.
- andy lopez
The Invisible Gardener
last updated on
March 10, 2013
Dont Panic Its Organic - Natural Disease Control