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  • From: "Ray Thomas" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Garden recipes
  • Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 15:33:32 -0500

Dear Mr. Nofs,
I just copied "The recipes" out. Looks like you will give Jerry Baker a run
for his money. I look forward to read it. Thank you for you thoughts, ideas
and experience.

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From: "Gordon Nofs" <>
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Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 10:32 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Garden recipes

> Hope some are interested, little long. Print out and read later.
> Gordon C. Nofs (aquired over the years.)
> Categories: Garden Index_
> 2 Annuals 61 REPEL MOSQUITOES **NEW**_
> 3 Annuals 62 FIREANTS_
> 4 Yarden 63 FIREANTS II_
> 5 Vegetables 64 THATCH_
> 6 Vegetables/insect 65 EARWIGS_
> 7 Vegetable fertilizer 66 CLEANING THE AIR WITH
> 8 Bugs\disease 67 APHIDS_
> 9 Spidermites_
> 10 Animal repellent_
> 11 Spot weed killer_
> 12 Bugs disease_
> 13 Bugs_
> 14 Bugs\disease_
> 15 Bugs\disease_
> 16 Bugs_
> 17 Inside_
> 18 Petal punch_
> 19 Houseplants_
> 20 A Houseplants_
> 20 B Houseplants_
> 21 Vegetable_
> 22 Insects/disease_
> 23 Summer green up_
> 24 Borax in your garden_
> 25 Borers_
> 26 Plant food_
> 27 Rose wake me up_
> 28 Evergreen_
> 29 Insect Soap_
> 30 Yarden_
> 31 Rabbit repellent_
> 32 Deter pests with vitamins_
> 33 Snail control_
> 34 Crickets_
> 35 Mushrooms\urine_
> 36 Repellent Ants_
> 37 Bugs indoors_
> 38 Bugs outside_
> 39 Chiggers after they bite_
> 40 Fleas get rid of them_
> 41 Persevering flowers_
> 42 White flies_
> 43 Pesky pest_
> 44 Insects repel_
> 45 Repel animals_
> 46 Tomato leaf spray_
> 47 Organic fertilizer cubes_
> 54 BLACKSPOT ON ROSES 55 Horsetail spray for disease*_
> 56 Stinging nettle spray *_
> 57 Seaweed spray*new_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Disease, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Here's a recipe for spraying everything in the yard._
> 1 can beer, 1C childrens shampoo, liquid soap, 1C liquid lawn food
> 1 oz liquid seaweed, 1/2C molasses. Put into a 20 gallon hose end
> sprayer, fill remainder with ammonia to fill jar. Use on trees, flow_
> ers, grass, shrubs, every 3 wks. Helps soil to release nutrients,
> develops beneficial bacterial action, ammonia is released into the air
> immediately and absorbed as a gas, beer starts enzyme activity, soap
> a bug deterrent & antisurfactant. Every 3 wks. Covers 2500 sq ft. Can
> be used at all times if you prefer. **Alternative for beer: Make a
> paste of vegetable scraps in blender. These can be cooked or raw. Put
> into a gallon milk container, fill with water. Put outdoors in a
> hot sunny hot spot until its really fermented with lid loose or off.
> This will take about a wk. Use juice at a rate of 2T per gallon in any
> of the recipes in place of whiskey or beer._
> Title: RECIPE #02 ANNUALS_
> Categories: Garden, Annuals, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Once plants get established you can reward them with this: Per
> lon of water add: 1 T ammonia 1 T baking powder 1 T epsom salts 1 tea
> bag 1 T dishwashing detergent 2 T dry red wine or white vinegar Use 2
> cups per plant monthly and use in place of fertilizers._
> Title: RECIPE #03 ANNUALS_
> Categories: Garden, Annuals, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> If you purchase flats of annuals that are not in their prime or
> neglected, ask for a reduced price, then take them home and pour into
> tray this solution. Into 2 gallons warm water add: 4 T instant tea 3
> epsom salts 2 T hydrogen peroxide 3 T household ammonia Put the sick
> little packets of annuals in and soak for 20 minutes. Put them in a
> protected area in the shade for the rest of the day and overnight.
> morning plant them. Top pruning is good and loosen the roots._
> Title: RECIPE #04 YARDEN_
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer, How to make Servings: 1_
> *1 cup fels soap solution 1 beer, flat is good 4 ounces liquid
> soap Household ammonia Using a 20 gallon hose end sprayer, mix 1 can
> beer, 1 cup fels soap solution and fill the remainder of space in the
> jar with ammonia. (For Spring and Fall yard and garden spraying, add
> oz. of molasses). Covers 2500 Sq. Ft. *Fels Soap Solution Use F-S-S
> place if regular liquid dish soap in all tonics if you'd like, or
> alternate. Here is the concentrate to be used in the above recipe.
> Shave 1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha soap into a quart of very hot water and
> dissolve. Add 4 ounces of liquid dish soap as an emulsifier. Store
> until needed and shake well before use. (I find my Fels- Naptha soap
> by the laundry detergents in the grocery store. 60 cents!)_
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Lightly side dress every 4 months with a special formulated
> ble food... In addition you can alternate with these solutions... Goes
> with a 20 gallon hose end sprayer. From the Garden Rebel (Central Fla)
> Vege-A-Wow 1 cup household ammonia 1/2 cup epsom salts 3 T instant tea
> 3 T liquid soap 3 T iron Fill remainder of jar with water. Shake
> sprayer as you spray to dissolve epsom salts. (I dissolve the epsom
> salts in a little warm water first) Vege-A-KoW Lightly side dress with
> this dry solution. 3 Parts cow manure 1 part bonemeal 1 part gypsum 1
> part epsom salts 1 part 5-10-10 fertilizer or similar type fertilizer.
> Vege-A-PoW 1 cup household ammonia 1 can beer 3 T liquid fertilizer
> (5-10-10) 3 T liquid soap 3 t instant tea Fill remainder of jar with
> water. Spray after 6 pm._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> A good insect control in a veg. garden is a light layer of
> ceous earth (DE) on foliage and soil. Another is to cover soil with 1
> layer of newspaper and 4-6" of grass clippings._
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Here is a good liquid food for vegetables. 1 cap full fish emul_
> sion 1 oz. dish soap 1 oz. household ammonia 1/2 can beer 1 oz.
> 4 t instant tea all in a 2 gallon bucket of warm water. Will feed 100
> sq ft. every 10-14 days._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Wash your flower gardens once a week late in the evening with: 1/2
> oz liquid dish soap 1/2 oz. brown mouthwash like listerine per gallon
> of water. this will discourage insects and disease._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> For Spidermites use: 1/2C buttermilk with 4 C unprocessed wheat
> flour, add 5 gallons of water. This destroys most of the mites and
> eggs. Leave on until bugs are gone. Unprocessed wheat flour can be
> obtained from health food stores if not in your local grocery store.
> Another way is to make a tea with cedar shavings or sawdust and
> spray... Let it shavings or sawdust soak for a couple hrs then dry
> uid and spray that.. This keeps away squash bugs, mexican bean
> red spidermites, mealy bugs and cucumber beetles... or you can work
> shavings into the soil._
> Categories: Garden, General, Repellents Servings: 1_
> 1 ga Water 2 tb Tabasco 2 tb Onion; finely chopped 2 tb Garlic;
> finely chopped 2 Eggs Shake well. Let set overnight. Paint on property
> lines or around base of trees.. When you open the container aim away
> from the face... It smells bad. I would not recommend making up
> than you think you might be able to use at one time... Label the con_
> tainer to reuse for making this recipe like an old milk jug..._
> Categories: Garden, Weed killer Servings: 1_
> 1 oz Gin 1 oz Cider vinegar 1 tb Childrens shampoo 1 qt Water
> with hand sprayer (labeled). An old windex bottle will do.. Spray
> needed.. OR YOU can use Vinegar and water or straight vinegar added
> the center of shallow rooted plants on the hottest and sunniest day
> will wither them, and makes them easier to pull or kills them if left
> there._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Disease Servings: 1_
> Recipe for Tree Insect and Disease Prevention: To a 20-gallon hose
> end sprayer add: 1 cup liquid dish soap (Ivory) 1 cup listerine 3 T
> garlic juice 6 T copper fungicide 3 T pyrethrum Apply after 6:30
> or when the sun is not so intense on a cloudy day without the wind
> blowing... Make garlic juice by blending 3-4 cloves of garlic with 2
> qts. very warm water and strain into a mason jar and refrigerate._
> Title: RECIPE #13 BUGS Servings: 1_
> Use a hose end sprayer for this one. In 1 gallon of water add: 4T
> liquid dish soap (I prefer Ivory) 4T rose dust Make into a paste by
> stirring in a little warm water. Then add 1/2C tobacco juice.. Make
> tobacco juice by taking 3 pinches of chewing tobacco in the toe of a
> nylon stocking, soak 1 hr in a quart of hot water... I do not recom_
> mend this be used on plants in the nightshade family such as tomatoes,
> potatoes, eggplant just to name a few since it might cause problems
> with the Tobacco Mosaic Virus._
> Title: RECIPE #14 BUGS/DISE Servings: 1_
> To a 20 gallon hose end sprayer add: 1C liquid soap (I prefer
> Ivory) 1/2C listerine 6T copper 6T alcohol Fill remainder on container
> with water... Apply once a month March thru Oct... (in northern cli_
> mates the time would be from spring up until fall weather conditions).
> It will greatly reduce insect and disease problems. Apply to foliage
> after 6:30PM in summer and thoroughly cover the bottom of leaves as
> well as the tops._
> In May when bugs start showing their faces I have used this to
> bat them and disease as well. In a 20 gallon hose end sprayer add: 1C
> Ivory dishwashing detergent 1C listerine 1C ammonia 1/2C beer 1/2C
> Epsom Salts Fill remainder of jar with water, shake, spray away. I
> an old golf ball in my sprayer to help keep things mixed up. Just
> it around)_
> Title: RECIPE #16 BUGS_
> To keep bugs away from flowers and feed at the same time: In a 20
> gallon hose end sprayer add: 1/2C liquid dish soap 1/2C household
> nia 3T instant tea 3T liquid fish emulsion 3 oz cheap bourbon Water
> weekly with this mixture. Cover 2500 sq ft_
> Title: RECIPE #17 INSIDE_
> Humidity spray for houseplants: 1 qt water 1 twice used teabag 6
> drops liquid dish soap 6 drops listerine 2 drops ammonia Spray with a
> pump hand sprayer. If there are soil insects, this solution can be
> poured into the soil. I find that if I use this regularly with dish
> soap I never have insect problems. I spray on plants as often as I
> want, at least once a day._
> Mix this in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer and feed your flower gar_
> den every 2 weeks: 1 oz liquid fish fertilizer 2 oz whiskey 1 can beer
> 1 oz hydrogen peroxide 1 cup household ammonia 1 oz. vitamin B-1 6 T
> 15-30-15 all purpose plant food. You can share this with the whole
> yard if you like. Marion has used 8 T Ortho Up-Start B-1 in place of
> the B-1 and 15-30-15._
> From a knox gelatin package For houseplants I just mix up 1 pkg.
> knox gelatin to a 2 qt pitcher and then water my plants as usual..
> a month is enough for this.. I find it works great on plants that have
> decided not to grow on their regular schedule to get started as
> well... It allows air pockets within the soil and then makes the
> grow._
> Categories: Garden, Houseplants, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Houseplant tonic: Into 1 gallon good water add: 1 T epsom salts 1
> baking powder 1 T salt peter (can be found at the pharmacy) 2 oz
> hydrogen peroxide 1 T household ammonia 1/2 t knox gelatin 1/2 t
> soap 4 One-A-Day vitamins with iron dissolved in a cup of hot water.
> This mixture is dessert to all plants. When using this tonic, mix 1
> of this concentrate with another gallon of water before using it.
> Categories: Garden, Houseplants, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> House Plant Tonic_
> Into 1 gallon hot water add:_
> 1 tea bag or 1/4 teas. instant tea_
> 1/2 teas. knox gelatin_
> 1/2 teas. childrens shampoo_
> cap full whiskey_
> 1/2 teas ammonia_
> 1 oz. fish emulsion_
> 1/2 teas. clear corn syrup_
> 1 shot glass peroxide ***for people with chlorine in their
> It helps to dissipate the chlorine. You should use good water like
> rain water if possible. I use my well water. Use once a month._
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Fertilizer for vegetables: 1 cap full fish emulsion 1 oz. liquid
> dish soap 1 oz. ammonia 1/2 can beer 1 oz. whiskey 4 teasp. instant
> all in 2 gallons warm water. Feeds 100 sq ft used every 10-14 days._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Disease Servings: 1_
> I know many have started new gardens for this fall but this recipe
> can be used in your vegetable gardens any time of the year... After
> 6PM: Spray with a 20 gallon hose end sprayer: (I use Ivory or Joy) use
> 2C of the liquid soap... then make a pitcher of tea and add the
> der of the little container that attaches to the hose (jar or con_
> tainer) with tea to fill it... You will not use all the tea, rest can
> be saved to drink after you get through spraying._
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> In a 20 gallon hose end sprayer fill half full with cola or root
> beer made with sugar and the other half full of beer. Add 1 t liquid
> dish soap. Spray everything with this. Covers 2500 sq ft. It releases
> trace elements and in 48 hours there will be a deep difference in the
> green of everything._
> Categories: Garden, Borax, Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts Servings: 1_
> Borax is used by Nutgrowers in a liquid spray and sprayed on nut
> trees which gives the trees the added minerals to make it set more
> and kepps them on the trees. this is done in early spring when in
> I wrote to the Borax people, and had a Representative of the Co. stop
> by. He left me a 2 pound sample, and some info. I will see if I can
> find the information. But I used a teaspoon to a three gallon
> It don't take much. for it is taken in by thru the leaves as spraying
> with liquid fertilizer. U.S. Borax recommendations. 2 to 4 pounds per
> acre. Adds boron to the soil. May be foliar applied during growing
> son, but rates should not exceed 1/4 to 1/2 pound per acre per
> tion. Boron can also be foliar applied with some insecticides, fungi_
> cides or other soluble nutrients. They list usage for Field crops,
> Fruit crops, and Vegetable crops._
> One can write to U.S. Borax at: (EASTERN) 60 Craig Rd., Montvale
> N.J. 07645-1175 (CENTRAL) One O'Hare Centre, 6250 River Rd. Rosemont
> Il. 60018-4288_
> (WESTERN) 3075 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Ca. 90010-1294_
> I received a Guide for boron use in crop production, A phamplet on
> "Protect your fruit crop investment with Boron" & "Protect your
> ble crop investment with Boron" They also say samples may be requested
> as well as additional information._
> Pecans also need zinc sulfate added to the soil to or they won't
> tend to grow as well. **********PECANS********* "ZINC SULFATE" Low
> soil zinc levels stunt tree growth and causes malformed nuts (even
> though the shell may develop naturally). Apply one pound per 100
> ft. in early spring to prevent a disappointing crop._
> Title: RECIPE #25 BORERS_
> Categories: Servings: 1_
> Use 2 oz. of urine in 5 gallons water down the trunk of tree with
> borers and in soil. Use as a preventative too._
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Here is one for pot contained house plants. I hope they're all
> doors for the summer. All purpose plant food 1 gallon water 1/4 t
> instant tea 1/2 t gelatin, sugared if it's outside 1/2 t children's
> shampoo 1/2 t ammonia 1 cap whiskey 1/2 t cornsyrup, molasses or syrup
> 25% of the recommended rate of fish emulsion. use this as your water_
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Rose Wake Me Up 1 gallon warm tea 1 T Ivory dishwashing detergent
> T vitamin B-1 fertilizer 1 T epsom salts 1 T hydrogen peroxide 1 T
> uid iron 3 T gypsum They sure do love you for this one._
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Brew HA-HA for evergreens:_
> In a hose end sprayer: 1 Beer 1 T iron 1/4 cup epsom salts 1 T
> emulsion 2 T instant tea Also feed with 12-4-8 fertilizer March, May,
> July and Oct. (Adjust this schedule to the growing season in your
> area.) Water in immediately. Only on established shrubs and trees
> they are actively growing._
> Categories: Garden, General, How to make Servings: 1_
> ***INSECTICIDAL SPRAY: You can make your own that is simple and
> effective as those you can buy in stores... 3 T dishwashing detergent
> (I use Ivory but any mild detergents will work but not those with
> degreasers)... into 1 gallon water. Use in hose end sprayer or in
> bottles (LABEL) For more repelling actions of insects add 3 T garlic
> juice to this mixture... some even add 1 T vegetable oil to make it
> adhere better Soap kills the bugs and garlic juice keeps them repelled
> longer than without... You apply to plants and soak undersides as well
> as tops, even the soil. Let set 1-2 hours then rinse... Rinsing is to
> keep soap buildup off plants, also cleans plants. So it does a lot to
> help your plants._
> *** Garlic Juice; 3 to 4 cloves press and place in a 2 quart jar
> filled with warm water. let sit out overnight then strain and use for
> garden recipes ***concentrated garlic can be used in place of the 3-4
> cloves of garlic...(which can be found in the dairy sections or where
> produce is kept in grocery stores). Press the fresh garlic and place
> in mason jars. Making Garlic juice was mentioned in the March 93 issue
> of Organic gardening to be used to prevent cornear worm._
> Title: RECIPE #30 YARDEN_
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> For your whole yard. This is a slight variation on the #1 Every_
> thing recipe. 1 cup beer 1 cup ammonia 1 cup cola, any, not diet 1
> liquid lawn food 1 cup children's shampoo Spray with the 20 gallon
> end sprayer, no need to soak. It will cover 3000 sq ft. The cola
> the bacteria that is required to break down the nitrogen so the grass
> can absorb it. Molasses does the same as well as corn syrup in
> that call for it._
> Categories: Garden, Animals Servings: 1_
> Preventing Rabbits From Damaging Try Some Of These Tips: Powdered
> Phosphate Rock: Sprinkle gently on seedling leaves as soon as they
> emerge... Dried Blood: Sprinkle around roots of plants... Powdered
> Aloes: Dusted on plants... Solution of cow manure and water: Apply as
> spray... Hot pepper: Ground, powdered or crushed around plants...
> Onions, soybeans, garlic, garlic chives: planted around plants... Fish
> tankage or fish emulsion: Dusted or poured around plants... A good
> fence:>. People will have to determine what works best for them in
> their areas. Hope you find one that works best for your needs._
> Categories: Garden, Pests Servings: 1_
> Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison by entomologist
> Dale Norris have shown certain pests are repelled when plants sprayed
> with a vitamin solution. Specifically vitamins C and E were sprayed
> with microscopic dosages on soybean plants and then offered to cabbage
> loopers. The loppers shunned the sprayed plants and opted for
> plants. According to Norris the vitamins will work on houseplants,
> taloupes, tomatoes, geraniums, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn and
> broccoli. There are no products available on the market yet. But you
> could try brushing a 500 milligram vitamin c tablet and dissolve it in
> five gallons of water to test the theory out yourself._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Snail control Take a container, something the snails can crawl
> into, pour some salt on it, then place a small cup of yeast in the
> middle. The snails come for the yeast and crawl thru the salt. I'd use
> a small saucer or old microwave plate like some of the microwave foods
> come in. Leave overnight and in the morning, it's full of snails._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Cricket Control This formula is good to control crickets. 1 cup
> flour 1 small onion... cut fine or shredded 1/4 cup sugar 1 lb. box
> Borax powder (for roaches) vegetable oil to mix. Mix and roll into
> balls about walnut sized. Place under furniture, etc. As with most
> things, keep out of the reach of children and pets._
> Categories: Garden, General Servings: 1_
> This is for urine spots on the grass and mushrooms in the grass.
> Using a hand held whirly spreader set on #1 spread powdered Tide or
> on the area where problems are. Then lightly mist not to point of
> just dampen with hose and let alone. Keep the dog off the area till
> next day when grass is dry. You wouldn't want him or her to get the
> soap on their feet. You do this in the Spring and in the Fall. It
> interrupts the ability of the spores to reproduce where mushrooms are
> concerned and it has a product called urease in it that neutralizes
> urine. Do it in the evening and do it only 2 x a year in the Spring
> Fall._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Repellents Servings: 1_
> Things that repel ants... Cinnamon, charcoal, mineral spirits,
> boric acid, ginger, borax, bone meal, pennyroyal (that's a plant),
> citrus peels, ant lions (they eat ants but not sure about fire ants)
> Some other things that work on ants that have been reported to have
> success is coffee grinds, lemon juice, vinegar, ammonia.. Building up
> soil through proper pH control, fertilizing will discourage ant acti_
> vity.. Letting grass grow a little taller helps. A healthy nonacidic
> lawn has been documented to have less problems with ants than an
> lawn. But we know many places such as Fl with naturally acidic soil
> plus many plants prefer acidic soil, so it seems we might have to
> to just keep them out of areas we prefer them not to be in.. They are
> also indicators of other insects, such as aphids, scale insects to
> a couple. Any that excrete (honeydew) a sticky substance that the
> insects leave behind that the ants love... Marion H says ants don't
> like mint either pour mint tea around or plant some mint(careful
> mint will take over given a chance. REcipe for ants: fill a spray
> bottle 1/3 with Ajax dishsoap, add some Dr. Bronners peppermint soap
> and a few drops of pet flea shampoo. top off with water. trace the
> ants back to their source and apply liberally until they give up and
> move away!_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> INDOOR PEST CONTROL FLIES beat an egg yolk with a Tablespoon of
> molasses and a Tablespoon of ground pepper into shallow dishes and set
> into problem areas MOTHS regularly wash garments. Mix together 1/4lb
> rosemary, 1/4 pound mint, 1/8th pound thyme and 1 Tablespoon cloves.
> Place mixture in cheese cloth sachets or muslin bags; place in closets
> and drawers. (now my idea is just to get cedar blocks and do the same)
> ANTS Mix 1 Tablespoon sugar and 1 Tablespoon borax with 2 tablespoons
> of water to make a thick syrup. Soak cotton balls in mixture and place
> on low lids. ants will eat the mixture and slowly die off. Keep away
> from pets in children. SPIDERS Osage oranges_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> OUTDOOR PEST CONTROLS Aphids mix 1 teaspoon of liquid soap in a
> gallon of water. Spray directly onto bugs. Introduce ladybugs or lace
> wings into the infested area to eat aphids Caterpillars apply products
> that contain BACILLUS THURINGIENSIS Snails and slugs Plant onions and
> marigolds liberally throughout your garden. Place overturned clay
> near shady side of plants. Make sure there is enough room under the
> edge for snails and slugs to enter. Check under pots during warm part
> of day and remove. The following to work well for me: 1. Bone meal
> dusted in the general area, or encircling the plants. 2. A ring-ridge
> of diatomaceous earth and sand around plants 3. Garlic/pepper tea
> sprayed on area to be treated. Recipe for tea follows: >>>> Liquefy 2
> bulbs of garlic and 2 tsp cayenne pepper in 8 oz water. Strain out
> ids 24 hours later. Add enough water to liquid to make 1 gallon con_
> centrate. Shake well before using. Add 1/4 cup of concentrate to each
> gallon of water in a pump pressure sprayer. 2 Tbls vegetable oil per
> gallon of concentrate will make the tea stronger, but I doubt that it
> is needed for slugs and snails._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Bite relief Servings: 1_
> Dissolve nine (9) aspirins into 1/4 cup each of rubbing alcohol
> white cider vinegar. Take cotton ball and moist with fluid and dab on
> bite._
> Also bathing in 1/2 bath tub full of warm water mixed with 1 cup
> bleach works great!_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> 20 Mule Team Borax=5 lbs. 4 oz. box=Borax is a detergent booster,
> natural deoderizer and stain remover. Bought at grocery's store, in
> detergent isle. For One Room: Vacuum carpet first. Using a jar that
> has holes punched in cover for sprinkling tool. GENEROUSLY, sprinkle
> evenly over the carpets. To cut down on dust. Keep sprinkler tool down
> to about two feet above the carpet surface. Cover every square inch so
> that it looks like a light dusting on carpet. For furniture: remove
> cushions, sprinkle borax under cushions/in cracks of furniture,
> cushions. If you have heavy furniture that you cant move, don't
> worry. The fleas will travel around and will get to the borax.
> Next, using a rug rake, broom, or brush(rug rake is easiest) Rake over
> once to get the borax down into the carpet fibers. This is very impor_
> tant, make sure the fine borax powder is deep into the carpet fibers.
> Then proceed to vacuum as you normally would. If you part the rug fib_
> ers with your fingers You will still see borax powder left, ready to
> continue its work. Eventually you will end up vacuuming up all the
> borax. Repeat borax treatment at regular intervals 2-3 times during
> flea season (appx. every 2-3 months)You will have to work out what
> works best for your area. As a general rule, if you cant see the borax
> when you part the fibers of carpet, its time to re-treat. Borax will
> also kill spiders, ants, cockroaches, fleas and other crawly bugs.
> There have been NO valid reports of danger to dogs/cats to date. This
> recipe works for anyone that tries it. The period from egg to adult is
> about 10-21 days. As I understand it borax works: Fleas take a daily
> dust bath. The fine borax powder clogs their breathing pores along
> ingestion and dehydration. Eggs are dehydrated also. Results: Dead
> Fleas. Hitchhikers pose the only threat now. Flea comb them off and
> the rest will fall to the carpet and die. ****Kitty Litter: Add 1 1/4
> cup of borax to every 5 lbs. of kitty litter. This will help your cat
> box smell fresher and kills the fleas that may land. If you have any
> questions don't hesitate to ask. If you decide to try the borax
> please post a note. Telling of your circumstances and your results. We
> are all interested in hearing how things turn out for you. If you
> have carpet, post note. Other methods are available. ****Yard: Use
> whirly spreader set on low, or flour sifter Spread the borax on
> yard, this will kill yard fleas. Be sure to rinse off in a day or two.
> This is important, a build up on any plant is unhealthy._
> Categories: Borax, Crafts, Flowers Servings: 1_
> 20 Mule Team Borax also tells how to preserve fresh cut flowers
> "Permantenly" 2 parts borax to 1 part dry white sand, or 1 part borax
> to 2 parts corn meal. put some mixture in container, lay in flowers,
> that are free of surface moisture, cover with more of mixture. seal_
> box, let set for 7 to 10 days (experiment) Mixture may be reused._
> Categories: Gardens, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Whiteflies are usually whitish yellow with dull white wings. They
> fly up in a cloud when disturbed. They are closely related to scales,
> mealybugs and aphids. The first stage larvae are "crawlers" and are
> not visible without a hand lens. The next stage looks something like
> scale, is immobile, and secretes honeydew. Where you have whiteflies,
> there may be black mold, and sticky, yellow or dried-out leaves. They
> are a problem in various vegetables and ornamentals, but usually not
> fruit trees, except citrus where they are a problem. There is a whi_
> tefly in the Imperial Valley that may be classified soon as a separate
> species, which transmits viruses to vegetables such as lettuce, melons
> and squash. They reproduce rapidly in warm weather. Controls: control
> dust and ants, especially on citrus. >> Use lots of sticky yellow
> & face them out of direct sun but towards the plants. If you want to
> substitute something that washes off for tanglefoot, you can use a mix
> of petroleum jelly or mineral oil, and household detergent (I guess
> they mean dish soap) 2 to 1 or 1 to 1. You do have to clean the traps
> as they get full. Vacuuming adults is another option, with a small
> hand-vaccuum. Put the vaccuum bag in a plastic bag in the freezer to
> kill the flies (don't put the vaccuum in the freezer). Whiteflies are
> not particularly susceptible to pesticides, and have many natural
> enemies, so spraying them often does more harm than good. There is an
> insect growth regulator called kinoprene (Enstar) that is also recom_
> mended, as well as 2% horticultural oil in water. Marigolds may act to
> repel them, nicotiana may be useful as a trap crop. Predators are
> lacewings, bigeye bugs, minute pirate bugs. Encarsia spp. parasites
> advised for greenhouse use._
> Make sticky traps is to take yellow cardboard and cut into strips,
> apply tanglefoot to it, replace when full... but I never had to make
> them since finding the insecticidal soap when they first come flying
> into the garden or nursery, kills them before they set up nesting
> or get to lay eggs... Soak that soil well and remember to rinse a
> couple hrs after you apply... and don't do it when the sun is the hot_
> test... I do it early morning or on cloudy days myself IF I have the
> need to... Once at home_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Bug Juice Spray: Liquefy 1/2C of pesky pest in 2C lukewarm water
> an old blender jar (not one you use for food). Strain resulting liquid
> through a very fine sieve or cheesecloth. Dilute 1/4C of bug juice
> 1 1/2 C water, spray all over plant surfaces thoroughly. Any left
> can be stored in freezer for a yr._
> Title: Recipe # 44 Garlic or Chive Spray:_
> Soak 1/2C minced garlic, onion or chives in 1 pt water for several
> hrs or overnight. Strain liquid through cheesecloth or fine sieve.
> Left in, particles in the spray could clog sprayer... Sounds like
> for garlic juice only they also use onion or garlic... I use a mason
> jar and 2-3 cloves of garlic instead... its just another variation in
> my opinion._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Animals Servings: 1_
> Hot Pepper Spray: Mince (chilies, jalapeno, cayenne, sandia or
> other fiery variety) to make 1/2C. When handling peppers wear gloves
> since pepper juices are very irritating. After mincing, soak peppers
> 1 pt of water several hrs or overnight, then strain solution through
> fine sieve or cheesecloth... Another variation to the one I use to
> animals out of the garden._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> Tomato Leaf Spray: This one I know is to be used on tomato
> leaves... Pack 1 qt of rhubarb leaves in a sturdy, heat resistant
> bucket, pour 1 qt boiling water over the leaves. Let mixture steep 1
> hr. Strain through a cloth, squeezing the leaves to remove as much
> uid as you can. Dilute mixture in water before using... Doesn't say
> much... I tried it and I diluted with 1 pt of water and added to hose
> end sprayer.. Made leaves healthier, bugs were less of a problem
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer, Bonsai Servings: 1_
> 7 c Cottonseed meal 3 c Bonemeal 1/2 c Bloodmeal 2 Egg whi_
> tes(binder) 1 oz Elmers white glue Water as needed mix together all
> ingredients. Beat egg whites add glue and enough water so mixture will
> hold together. Form balls or fill up ice cube trays let dry. This is
> slow release organic mixture for Bonsai or in my opinion any potted
> plant. 2 cubes to a 6 inch pot._
> Categories: Garden, Disease, Vegetables Servings: 1_
> For Tomato Blight use powdered milk. When you plant tomatoes in
> containers or garden dig the hole and sprinkle powdered milk on soil
> and surrounding soil, then plant tomatoes. As a spray to prevent
> blights put 1-2 oz. skim milk in hose end sprayer with other tonics if
> you wish and spray over all vining crops. Won't hurt anything else in
> your yard. For planting seeds: powdered milk mixed with Jello (with
> sugar) sprinkled on top of seed bed provides fungus prevention, pro_
> tein, sugar and nitrogen. ** **Planting seeds. Put seed packets in
> refrigerator till planting. Plant in peat pots with professional mix
> like Hyponex without fertilizer in mix. Plant 2 seeds per pot, press
> lightly and cover up. Sprinkle knox gelatin out of salt shaker on top
> of planting medium. You can use the milk and Jello mixture instead of
> the knox if you like. Keep at 70 degrees with camp black and white
> newspaper on top right on the soil for 4 days. Remove newspaper and
> then keep at 65 degrees daytime and 55 degrees at night._
> Categories: Garden, Information Servings: 1_
> For hibiscus that won't bloom. 1. With a serrated bread knife
> between pot and soil and go around the edge with knife. 2. With a coat
> hanger, poke down in the soil in varying depths from half way between
> the plant and pot to the outside edge of soil. Sprinkle with epsom
> salts. For an 8-10" pot use 1 T epsom salts. Then use this tonic. 1
> gallon water 1/4 teas. instant tea 1/2 teas. gelatin 1/2 teas. house_
> hold ammonia 1/2 teas children's shampoo 1 cap whiskey 2 oz. apple
> juice 1 tablespoon fish emulsion. Use this as your watering medium_
> Categories: Garden, Information Servings: 1_
> To get rid of nematodes: use 1 cup clear corn syrup in 40 gallons
> water. or 1/2 cup clear corn syrup in 20 gallons water. Spray on
> or garden. Won't hurt anything. Dissolve the syrup in hot water first.
> Its something to do with nematodes living in the soil when its acidic
> and full of organic material, by sweetening the soil, or you could
> if you don't want to use sugar, this changes the ideal conditions
> bad nematodes live. Other things to use on nematodes in NEEM, Chitin
> commercial chitin product called ClandoSan can be found for anyone
> interested in checking out this.)_
> Categories: Garden, How to make, Information Servings: 1_
> For chewing tobacco juice in other recipe tonics do this. Use Red
> Man chewing tobacco or other chewing tobacco. I use red man. Draw 3
> fingers, like a pinch between 2 fingers only use 3 fingers, of tobacco
> from the package, place it in the toe of a nylon stocking and place in
> a quart of boiling water. Let it marinate until the mixture is dark
> brown. Add 1 teaspoon per pint of water once a month to ward off
> Categories: Garden, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> Blossom Tonic, from Jerry Baker's Impatient Gardener page 139.
> "Here is another one of Grama Putt's garden tonics, this one for use
> roses, flowering shrubs, and perennials. >>>>>> Into a gallon
> pour: 1 cup household ammonia 1/2 cup of baking powder 1/2 cup of
> peter 2 quarts of water 3 cups of dry red wine 1/4 teaspoon active dry
> yeast Fill the balance with warm tea. Once a month add 1 cup of this
> formula to 2 gallons of water and feed a pint or so to everything that
> blooms. Your neighbors may laugh, but when they see the blooming
> results, the last laugh will be yours."_
> Categories: Garden, Information, Fertilizer Servings: 1_
> From Jerry Baker's Impatient Gardener page 206. "Vary Your Plant's
> Menu There are more ways of feeding plants today than you can shake a
> stick at: plant pills, sticks, drops, and granules. all of these foods
> work to some degree. However, I always s stick to the greenhouse way:
> add food to the water. Day to day, I use soluble houseplant food for
> all my flowering or color foliage plants- even my African violets.
> Plants like organic plant food from time to time, so I vary their
> diet with fish fertilizers, liquid seaweed or, homemade barnyard tea
> (manure water). These don't smell delightful but the plants love them.
> Once a month my plants get a liberal helping of Grandma Putt's
> plant food. To one gallon of good water, preferably collected
> or melted snow, add one cup of the following formula: 1 tablespoon of
> household ammonia 1 tablespoon of baking powder 1 tablespoon of salt_
> peter 1 tablespoon of druggist sulphur 2 tablespoons of epsom salts 1
> very rusty nail (or 1 Femiron tablet) 2 tablespoons liquid soap 1 gal_
> lon water. Use once a month to perk up your plants. For acid loving
> plants, add 5 tablespoons of black coffee or 4 drops of white vinegar
> per gallon of Grama Putt's recipe." The Items from 1 Tablespoon
> to 1 gallon of water is your concentrate. You add 1 cup of this
> trate to a gallon of water and then feed/water your plants._
> Categories: Garden, Information Servings: 1_
> Try this recipe. 2 Teas. baking soda in 1 gallon water. Spray new
> foliage on half the rose plants she has and see what that did for her.
> A test run for her plants. Also for Roses. Make a rose spray out of
> Rose dust with 6 tablespoons of rose dust in 1 gallon water. Add fels
> naphtha soap solution to it. FNSS is made by taking 1" of a bar of
> naphtha soap or octagon soap and shave it into 1 quart of boiling
> to which you add 4 oz of liquid dish soap.. Use this in the Rose dust
> spray above at the rate of 1 teasp per quart, 1 tablespoon per gallon
> cup per 20 gallons. Rose dust can be purchased made of Pyrethrin, Cop_
> per, rotenone an sulphur at major garden centers. **Tobacco juice... I
> have to get the recipe and put it on. I think it's worth using and for
> those who don't want to use it, then make the recipe without it. it
> must not be used on nightshade family plants like tomatoes, potatoes,
> peppers and eggplant. They may be susceptible to virus the tobacco
> carries. This is just for roses. Don't spray near the nightshade
> plants._
> Title: Recipe #55 Horsetail spray_
> Categories: Garden, Diseases, How to make Servings: 1_
> Another plant that many consider a weed can be used for a
> purpose and is available through suppliers who specialize in
> garden supplies is Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) and they make Horse_
> tail Spray... Its used to prevent fungal diseases. In a glass or
> less steel pot, mix 1/8C of dried leaves in 1 gallon of unchlorinated
> water (if you have chlorinated water its best to use rainwater, or let
> tap water sit for a couple days to allow chlorine to volatilize)..
> Bring to a boil, let simmer 1/2 hr. Cool and strain through cheese_
> cloth. Store any extra in a glass container and the mixture is good
> 1 month. You dilute the 1 part horsetail concentrate to 5-10 parts
> unchlorinated water. Spray infected plants once every week or two. If
> you suspect an outbreak or prevailing weather conditions are imminent
> begin a preventative spraying program even before you spot and symp_
> toms..._
> Title: Recipe #56 Stinging Nettle spray_
> Categories: Garden, Disease, How to make Servings: 1_
> Stinging Nettle Spray. We have talked in the past about it being
> planted with some plants to enhance oils such as herbs. Here is
> thing Rodales recommends: It helps plants resist infections by many
> fungal diseases. On a plant that has a mild case of Botrytis rot or
> powdery mildew, pick off infected areas then spray with this solution
> to help to resist further infections. During long, cool, wet periods
> you can also use it to strengthen plants. Made into a tea (Stinging
> Nettle Tea) it repels aphids and give plants a good dose of trace ele_
> ments. Gather 1 lb of leaves of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).
> put into a burlap bag or old pillowcase. Submerge into 1 gallon
> rinated water. Cover_
> Recipe #57
> Maxicrop, P.O. Box 964 Arlington Hts, Ill 60006 708-253-0756 Costs
> $10-12 a jar._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, How to make Servings: 1_
> Turns out the foliage of this pretty plant is toxic when fed to
> tobacco hornworm, the Colorado potato beetle and some caterpillar. You
> can try spraying a petunia-leaf tea solution on your plants if you are
> suffering an infestation. The researches at the USDA's Western
> Center in Albany CA found that petunia leaves were enticing to the
> pests that they killed do your spray may bring pest to a central loca_
> tion and then shut them down._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, Repellents Servings: 1_
> Roger Hagin Ph.D. a weed scientist at the USDA Agricultural
> Research station in Ithaca N.Y. was investigating the interaction of
> certain plants when he noticed that slugs were avoiding areas where
> quackgrass was grown. In his home fields he observed that the only
> where his corn wasn't riddled by slugs was were quackgrass grew. He
> round up some quackgrass and applied it as mulch over the surface of
> the field and sure enough the slugs left that area alone. The doctor
> says that quackgrass acts on the nerves that are responsible for the
> feeding instinct in slugs, but it is harmless to other creature
> ing(fortunately)earthworms and (unfortunately) SNAILS. the doctor sug_
> gest sprinkles of dried ground quackgrass lightly around plants that
> attracts slugs and say you could try putting dried quackgrass into
> blender with some water and whip it up into a solution to spray on the
> plants but he warns against a strong solution to spray on seedlings;
> may act like an herbicide on young tender plants._
> Categories: Garden, Bugs, How to make, Repellents Servings: 1_
> Tomato sprays made from the leaves of everybody's favorite crop
> have long been touted to control a variety of pests. the sprays do
> attract the predatory insects that prey on corn earworms and aphids.
> Researches at the University of California at Davis found tomato
> are not popular with cutworms and armyworms. It seems the compounds
> contained in the leaves deprive these pests of essential nutrients,
> thus starving them to death. JUST DON"T use tomato leaf sprays on
> nightshade family crops like peppers, potatoes and eggplant or you may
> spread diseases. To make your own spray, finely chop 1 cup of tomato
> leaves, then soak them overnight in 2 cups of water. Strain and add 2
> more cups of water to the strained liquid, then spray._
> Title: RECIPE #61 Mosquito repel_
> Categories: Garden Servings: 1_
> Lemon scented dish soap and lemon scented ammonia used at equal
> parts with water will be a good repellent for mosquitos._
> 1 teaspoon each to 1 quart water_
> 1 Tablespoon each to 1 gallon water or_
> 1 cup each in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer._
> Spray under leaves and in areas where mosquitos hang out._
> Title:#62 Fireants_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs Servings: 1_
> O.K. everyone with ant problems, listen up because I have been
> fighting fire ants in Texas for a long time now and I have good luck
> with some unusual methods. Methods of killing ants is strictly a per_
> sonal preference on many peoples part. It all depends on how good you
> want to treat the environment. I am an organic gardener and try to
> away from all chemicals if at all possible. I have tried many methods
> and some are environmentally safe and others are questionable. For
> instance, gasoline is the best ant killer on the market but as we all
> know is not the best product for the environment. I have experimented
> with it and have found that if you take a cup full and pour it
> into the anthill and do nothing else it will kill the hill within a
> couple of hours. Do not stir the hill or ignite the gas. By doing this
> the gas can settle to the bottom of the hill and the fumes will kill
> all ants. It does not seems to ruin your lawn except for a small brown
> spot about 4"wide. ( this is the most drastic but effective
> method).>>>> My second choice is Amdro which will complete eliminate
> the anthill. Even though it is a chemical it will not be absorbed by
> the soil. It is one of the very few chemical products endorsed by the
> Organic gardening community in Texas. Simply sprinkle a little (tea_
> spoon) on the top of the hill without disturbing the hill and in about
> 24 hrs the ants are dead. You may have to repeat once if the hill is
> large. True organic methods: Vinegar poured directly into the center
> the mound will make them leave but usually will not kill them. (2)
> Instant grits or malt-o-meal (microwave type) will kill them out very
> effectively but may need to be repeated two or three times. Cover the
> hill and out about two_
> Title:#63 Fireants Two_
> Categories: Garden, Bugs_
> True organic methods: Vinegar poured directly into the center of
> the mound will make them leave but usually will not kill them. (2)
> Instant grits or malt-o-meal (microwave type) will kill them out very
> effectively but may need to be repeated two or three times. Cover the
> hill and out about two feet from the anthill with the granules and do
> not disturb the bed. I have also found that humidity plays a big part
> on how effective all of these methods are. If you wait until the humi_
> dity is down this is the best time to kill the ants. I'm not sure of
> why high humidity lessen the kill ratio unless the extra moisture
> the ants thrive for a longer time. Also do not disturb the anthill
> because I have found that this makes the ants angry and when they are
> angry they are not interested in gathering food. They are more inter_
> ested in rebuilding their hill. I hope that this will help some of you
> having problems with ants. Remember these suggestions are merely
> that,"suggestions" and they are very successful methods for me. Spider
> Bob is our resident credentialed fire ant specialist. He recommends
> "Logic", a juvenile growth hormone._
> Recipe #64 for Thatch_
> Dethatch your lawn with this mixture:_
> After your first and last dry fertilizer feedings, apply this mix_
> ture in your 20 gallon hose end sprayer, filling the balance of the
> sprayer jar with ammonia. That should do it._
> Earwigs, a couple things that work to get rid of earwigs is Garlic
> Oil Sprays which are now available in garden centers or I ; make my
> up by using 3 oz finely minced garlic cloves soaked in 2 teaspoons of
> mineral oil for 24 hours. Slowly add that mixture to 1 pint of water
> which you add 1/4 oz. of insecticidal soap or just dishwashing liquid
> (using one that does not contain degreasers). Stir it all together and
> strain to make sure no pieces of the garlic are going to block up the
> sprayer when you use it. From this I use 1-2 tablespoons of the whole
> mixture to 1 pint of water and that gets applied to the bugs... This
> works well against aphids, cabbage worms, earwigs, leafhoppers, June
> bugs, squash bugs and whitefly. Make sure you cover the whole area
> where the bugs are a problem._
> Another option many people are trying is Insect parasitic nema_
> todes, HH Nematodes- Heterorahabditis heliothidis. If you have a
> of beneficial insects just ask them for that specific strain. Direc_
> tions usually come with them when you get them on how to apply them
> when it's best to use for your area. Now you also have to keep in
> that earwigs like damp and dark locations so they can hide. They also
> love wood-pile or where organic material is sitting on the ground
> decomposing. If you have any of these areas, most can expect to see
> earwigs. The experts claim they do no damage to plants but many
> ers find they do in their gardens or they just don't like them craw_
> ling. At least try the garlic oil solution, it may minimize the
> for you._
> RECIPE #66_
> Indoor plants can bring more than beauty to your home or office.
> While pleasing to the eye, these plants also contribute to the health
> of our environment. How? By cleansing the indoor pollutants. According
> to experts, just one plant for every 100 square feet can make a
> ence. Keep in mind that plants do specialize- different plants absorb
> different pollutants. NASA aggressively studies how plants reduce pol_
> lutants because astronauts must deal with toxic emissions from syn_
> thetic material on space ships. Based on research the best plant for
> the job can be found on the chart below. For a list of these "clean
> machines," Send a self addressed, stamped envelope to: PLANTS FOR
> AIR COUNCIL(PCAC), 12200 Sunrise valley drive, Suite 150, Reston, VA
> 22091; or call 1(703)620-6699._
> foam insulation*****************Azalea_
> Plywood*************************Dieffenbachia_
> Particle board******************Philodendron_
> Clothing************************spider plant_
> carpeting***********************golden pothos_
> furniture***********************bamboo palm_
> paper goods*********************corn plant_
> household cleaners**************Chrysanthemum_
> water repellents****************Mother-in-laws tongue_
> BENZENE Tobacco smoke*******************English ivy_
> gasoline************************marginata dracaena_
> synthetic fibers****************Janet Craig Dracaena_
> plastics************************chrysanthemum_
> inks****************************gerbera daisy_
> oils****************************warneckeii Dracaena_
> detergents**********************peace lily_
> inks****************************Chrysanthemum_
> paints**************************peace lily_
> varnishes***********************Warneckeii dracaena_
> Lacquers************************Marginata Dranaena_
> R#67 APHIDS_
> Nasturtiums deter aphids. Tomatoes, radishes, cabbage, radishes,
> cucumbers and fruit trees benefit from having them planted around
> Other possibilities are: Bt, pyrethrum, rotenone, ryania, a bird
> feeder close to the garden, and good insects._
> Also a blend of 1 garlic bulb, 1 small onion 1 teaspoon cayenne
> powder, blended in a blender and added to 1 quart hot water. Steep 1
> hour and strain thru cheesecloth. Add 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap.
> Spray top and bottom of leaves. Label and store up to 1 week in the
> refrigerator._
> Ammonia spray- controls aphids, flea beetles, scales, thrips, and
> whiteflies. Ammonia solution may injure leaves of some plants. Do not
> apply in hot weather or on drought stressed plants. 1 part ammonia
> with 7 parts water and apply as a spray after you've tested a few
> leaves to be sure the plants will not be damaged._
> I thought it was common knowledge at this point that seaweed
> ing has many benefits for plants, including frost protection. There
> was a big article on seaweed in the Nov/Dec 1991 issue of Fine Garden_
> ing (a very mainstream publication), where it was pointed out that
> seaweed (according to scientific studies) enhances plant growth,
> insects, reduces virus and bacteria attacks, increases germination of
> seeds, and improves soil fertility. I recently read an article that
> a scientific study of the ability of seaweed to help plants endure
> frost stress. According to this, it could protect certain plants from
> damage down to around 27 degrees. I can't find the article right now,
> but expect I could in a couple days._
> It has also been shown to control peach leaf curl by simply spray_
> ing monthly with Maxicrop at 2T per gallon, in this case the supposi_
> tion being that the seaweed is supplying magnesium which fights this
> fungus._
> Seaweed spraying is now accepted as a standard useful gardening
> practice that is inexpensive, beneficial, and harmless to the general
> environment._
> ARE YOU USING SEAWEED If not, you should, because frost is coming
> and you need protection. Spray Maxicrop seaweed now, while there is
> still time to get frost protection._
> Probably not all over, because the chemical companies take over
> control. Literally, a chem salesman can come in, sweep everything else
> off and say "What are you doing with this stuff on the shelf, when we
> are your regular steady suppliers?" Also, many buy Maxicrop and add it
> to their products, but won't say so. Or just not label it as Maxicrop.
> mAXICROP. You can always get it from the source: Maxicrop Source, PO
> 964, Arlington Hts, Ill 60004. Ph 708-253-0756. No, they don't give me
> a cut of whatever they sell you. I won't even know if anyone orders
> from them. I am just trying to help you. I do offer it to people who
> come to me for other problems, advice, help, etc. as I keep my own
> ply always ready. And some who grow wheatgrass because they have
> and use the wheatgrass juice to try to regain health, I let them have
> from my own garage supply. But you order it right from Maxicrop your_
> self. I tried so hard last year to help people, they all cried like
> over their great losses esp. of tropical plants, but did they use
> heads and start using Maxicrop? Probably not--at least they didn't
> me--they didn't need to tell me their affairs. I just want to be able
> to feel conscience clear that I have offered the help that is avail_
> able. Seaweed is such a totally marvelous product for anything that
> grows, so it is a pity people won't try it instead of those horrible
> poisons and lousy chemicals that destroy the very soil they expect
> plant so grow in._
> I Forgot to say, the 10.7 oz. can, that will do you at least 1
> year, spraying everything, is only about $12, very economical, and it
> lasts indefinitely. It is very hygroscopic, so it may get damp and
> hard. Then you just dump the whole can into water and dissolve and use
> a tablespoon of that concentrate to 1 gal water. Of course, you should
> always add seaweed meal to the soil, too, routinely, so it builds up
> humus in the soil. Its total supply of all known hormones help with
> blossom and fruit drop, fruit set, etc. It is all in the book written
> by the Maxicrop man, who was the first to sell a liquid form._
> Ah, levity, I see. Why is it so hard to grasp that a plant living
> in the ocean, where it has all the light it could possibly want, every
> nutrient it could possibly want, in any quantity it wants, all the
> moisture it could possibly want, and total freedom to spread in all
> directions without any hassle, and no pests or diseases, has been able
> to pick and choose and absorb only exactly what is optimal? If that is
> so, what difference would it make which particular sp it is? The
> nal invention was that which ended up as Maxicrop, the very first pro_
> duction of a liquid form of seaweed, done by hydrolysis. All the other
> seaweed soluble products are copies. Almost all the research was done
> by Maxicrop money, so what most other companies claim is data stolen
> from Maxicrop. Maxicrop is a company with integrity, and that's why I
> promote it. I never deal with persons who have shown themselves to be
> without integrity. Maxicrop USA sells also plain dried, ground seaweed
> as meal, called Algit, pills for humans to eat, called Algavim, and a
> new product, that is difficulty soluble, but has not been hydrolyzed,
> so has not lost its enzymes and vitamins (of the kind that cannot take
> heat). So it is available for use in soil, in compost, for seed soak,
> for foliar spray, and for drip systems._
> Maxicrop USA, the Source, is PO Bx 964, Arlington Hts, Ill 60004.
> Ph 708-253-0756._
> _ CALL MELLINGER'S (home, farm & garden supply) for there catalog
> is a very good all around catalog @1-800-321-7444 (GORDON C NOFS)_
> Bill, I believe that Maxicrop's source of seaweed is not the pol_
> luted waters of the California coast, but rather northern Europe.
> is one of the reasons BR recommends it over the Calif. products. I
> also do NOT believe she has a financial interest in Maxicrop._
> There is plenty of proof of seaweed's usefulness in promoting
> growth and health, and you will find it with the most cursory search
> a decent sized library. These studies have been going on since at
> the 70's and are available for anyone to read. Many of the articles
> appear in the foreign journals and in such American sources as
> Journal, Hortscience, and Phytochemistry. These are not the publica_
> tions of the horticultural lunatic fringe as you seem to imply. You
> should educate yourself before expressing your prejudiced opinions as
> fact._
> I have been using seaweed spray this year because I believe it to
> be beneficial, based on what I have read here and other places. It is
> cheap and easy._
> Gordon C. Nofs
> Flint, MI.
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I thought there was a great debate surrounding Jerry Baker and his recipes...

An extension agent is quoted regarding; Jerry Baker and a local PBS station:

"A station affiliated with Ohio State should be using and airing good
horticultural information,
not the misinformation that Baker pours out," says Jane Martin, an extension
agent in Franklin
County, home of Ohio State. "Every time he's on, we get flooded with calls
asking for Jerry Baker
recipes, and we have to say, 'Well, that's not such a good idea.' " - USA

I have not taken the time to research the debate (and doubt I will). I am
sticking to accepted
horticultural practices for the time being.


Ray Thomas wrote:

> Dear Mr. Nofs,
> I just copied "The recipes" out. Looks like you will give Jerry Baker a run
> for his money. I look forward to read it. Thank you for you thoughts, ideas
> and experience.
> MaryT

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