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3 Easy, Home-Garden Elixirs for Blooms, Tomatoes & Roses

My garden is producing very well this year, but have to wonder . . . if I’d found these garden recipes earlier, would it be doing better?

The squash plants have  gone crazy – huge plants with lots of prickly leaves and stems..see picture at bottom of plant. Tomato plants are loaded with green tomatoes and the beans (planted them from a bag of pinto beans I bought at the grocery) are doing really well. The cucumbers – not so much. So I’m going to try the following recipe on the vines.  This recipe claims to boost blooms. (This would probably work for any flowering plant.)

 

Bloom Elixir
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Mix together in bucket

Using a flat trowel, make cuts into the ground, in a circle, around the plant at the furthest point of the limbs. Then pour the mixture into the cuts around each plant or bush.

The marigolds I planted appear to help in keeping the insects off (bluebirds help as well) but just to play it safe I’m going to try sprinkling powdered milk around their bases. That little trick was recommended at the bottom of this recipe claiming to help prevent tomato blight. Again, wish I’d found this recipe before planting.

 

Tomato Blight Defense

The marigolds I planted appear to help in keeping the insects off (bluebirds help as well) but just to play it safe I’m going to try sprinkling powdered milk around their bases. That little trick was recommended at the bottom of this recipe claiming to help prevent tomato blight.

Again, wish I’d found this recipe before planting.

  • 3 cups of compost
  • 1/2 cup of powdered nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup of Epsom salts
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Mix together and sprinkle a handful into each planting hole. For additional defense, sprinkle a little more powdered milk on top of the soil around the plant after planting – repeat every few weeks throughout the growing season

 

 

Rose Elixir

Will have to try this one. Since I moved it last year, this is the first time my one and only rose bush has had a chance to grow (deer kept eating on it) – but still no blooms. So will give this a try.

  • 2 teaspoon of instant tea granules
  • 1 tablespoon of dry red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fish emulsion
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of iron (get at garden center)
  • 1 gallon of warm water

Mix all ingredients in a bucket and treat each rose bush with one (1) quart of the mixture every three weeks during the growing season.

Note: To keep your roses free of black spot, rose chafers, cane borers and Japanese beetles, plant several garlic bulbs (purchase  at the grocery store) in the rose bed. When the garlic plants come up, they’ll help to keep the plants pest free and healthy.

 

BTW– all of these recipes and tips are taken from books written by master gardener, Jerry Baker. I especially like his methods because everything is non-poisonous, and uses ingredients I already have around the house. If you’d like to have some of his books of your own, his books are available on line. Please visit this Amazon link for a variety of garden books by Jerry.

 

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