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Disease and Other Problems


Black Spot

Products: Plant Wash or cornmeal “tea” (soak whole ground cornmeal in water for 4 to 6 hours, drain and use liquid as a foliar spray), sprinkle whole ground cornmeal at base of plant   NOTE:  Remove affected leaves when possible to prevent spread of disease.
  Blossom End Rot on tomatoes Products:  Epsom salts (2 tbsp of Epsom salts/gallon of water and drench soil around tomatoes)--this solution prevents and cures blossom end rot.
  Brown Patch
Products:  Plant Wash, whole ground cornmeal (15 to 20 lbs/1000 square feet), Actinovate.
  Early Blight on tomatoes
Products:  Plant Wash, cornmeal tea and whole ground cornmeal at base of plant.
  Leaf Spot Fungus
Products:  Plant Wash, garlic sprays, corn meal “tea”, actively aerated compost tea.
  Powdery Mildew
Products:  Plant Wash and corn meal tea.
Products:  Plant Wash, corn meal tea and whole ground corn meal, yearly crop rotation.
  Sooty Mold
Sooty mold grows on honeydew secreted by aphid and scale insects.  Eliminate insect problems.
Products:  Green sand (shrubs – 2 cups/1” trunk diameter; lawn – 15 to 20 lbs/1000 square feet; garden – 5 lbs/100 square feet), Actino-iron, apply one to three inches of compost or living mulch around the base of plants.


Orange oil/vinegar mix (2 ounces orange oil per gallon of 20% vinegar plus 1 tbsp. of molasses, 1/4 tsp. of liquid dish soap) makes a NON-SELECTIVE herbicide .

NOTE: Good lawn maintenance reduces compaction and strengthens turf which can suppress weeds. Fertilize several times each year, mow regularly, spray monthly with Medina Plus, water deeply when necessary, and apply ½” of compost to lawn twice a year.