Leaves wilt, turn yellow and die. poor fruit production if any stem may ooze
a sappy liquid Stunted plant plant does not recover after watering
- Dead soil over fertilized,
- Chlorinated by city water.
- High Nitrogen,
- Pesticides, promote diseases while killing off
beneficial soil microbes, causing imbalance.
- Fungi is found in the soil and over winters
in plant debris.
- Is spread by wind, tools, pest vectors, over head watering.
- Fungi enters
through root system.
Spray any one of the
- Baking Soda/Seaweed Spray,
see Baking Soda page
- Bacterial spray (SuperSeaweed, Brix Mix for example) ,
- Raising the Brix level
- Compost Tea spray,
- Milk spray, see milk page
- Rock Dust Tea spray, see rock dust tea page
- Garlic Oil spray, see garlic page
- Horticultural Ultra Fine Oil, see oil page
- Eco-Oil, see oil page
- See also Controlling Diseases in your Garden...Natural Sprays
- Immediate removal of infected plant parts.
- Cleaning of tool (use either bleach, alcohol or H2O3..use a mild solution).
- Application of Compost/mulch
- Controlling overhead watering
- Controlling pest vectors such as ants/aphids. pest helps spread diseases.
- Keep ants
Long term solutions
- use certified seeds
preferable certified organic.
- plant resistant varieties.
- crop rotation
- debris removal and destroy
- soaker or drip systems
- regular applications of compost/mulch
- zero use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides.
- apply rock dust
- Some Resources
- SuperSeaweed and Superseaweed Bloom.™
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.
Earth Juice Catalyst
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 Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply and continuously improved upon with over 16 years of research and grower trials. Formulated to increase Brix (or sugar content). Brix Mix contains carefully proportioned amounts of hydrolyzed fish powder, Omega 6-6-6, Maxicrop, Diamond K sulfate of potash, powdered sugar, Multi-Ke-Min trace minerals, Humax humic acids, sulfur, corn calcium and Therm X70 yucca extract. 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. Brix Mix includes a liquid and a powder component which must be used together. To increase effectiveness, add 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide and ascorbic acid.
Green Glacial Rock Dust
Mined Trace Minerals
A natural mineral product produced by thousands of years of glacial
action. A wide variety of rocks containing a spectrum of trace minerals are
collected and pulverized by the expansion/contraction action of the glacier.
From Canadian moraines, this product replaces key soil elements, reversing
soil depletion. Excellent source of readily available calcium, iron,
magnesium and potassium pluce trace elements and micronutrients. Increases
phosphorous availability and improves CEC. Apply 10-20 lbs per 1000 sq ft or
500-900 lbs per acre annually or as desired.
Azomite (44 lb) Micronized
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.
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