How to use milk in your garden

Plants need water to survive, they also like milk. Milk can actually benefit your garden and plants.

Keep reading to find out how.

1. Milk can prevent fungus

Fight fungus disease (like mold or rot) by applying watered-down milk to the surface of plants. For the most success, combine one part milk to two or three parts water. Spray this mixture on the leaves of your plants every 10 days. For the best results, use this at the beginning of the season as a preventative measure.

2. Milk and Molasses 

While milk works wonders in the garden, you can increase the power of this garden friend by mixing in molasses. The combination of milk and molasses amps up needed sugars that help plants stay strong, and the mixture will keep weeds away because the combination makes soil conditions unfavorable for weed seeds.

3. As a Cure for Blossom End Rot

Can milk be used to cure the problem of blossom end rot which occurs in the tomato family plants? Which is caused by the lack of transportation of calcium to the plant from the soil. It can be due to many factors like the lack of consistent moisture and dry soil. But if it’s due to calcium deficiency you can try to use milk to end blossom end rot.

4. Milk improves the health of your soil

Using milk in your soil or compost pile can make the soil healthier because it absorbs the fats and vitamins from the milk. Some gardeners pour powdered milk directly into the soil, but you can also do a watered-down mixture, which should help keep funky smells away.

5. Milk as Fertilizer

As milk is a good source of calcium, you can use it to feed your plants occasionally. This milk fertilizer can be used for vegetable plants like tomatoes, peppers, and squash that suffer from blossom end rot. If you have spare milk, use it diluted (50% milk and 50% water) to water your plants around their base or use this solution as a foliar spray.

6. Milk as disinfectant

Milk has been shown to be an effective alternative disinfectant for greenhouse tools to prevent the manual transmission of viruses.” Instead of using a toxic bleach solution to disinfect garden pruners and scissors, dip them in milk to disinfect them. Milk even prevents the transmission of many tomato diseases such as tobacco mosaic virus. As a bonus, tools don’t corrode or rust as much when cleaned with milk.

7. Milk can deter some insects

When applied properly, cow milk can deter bugs like aphids, thrips and mites. You’ll need to use whole milk to maximize on this perk.

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