Self-Watering Buckets forum: The Recipe- Odd concoctions that you might like

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Jun 16, 2010 5:58 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Once upon a time, folks were talking about a mix of stuff that makes plants grow like magic. this will be a list of those ingredients, and a list of bug stoppers, too.

Blatantly copied from dear old DG without permission! Read the whole thread here:

#1, called The Recipe:

Organic Fertilizer

one gallon of water
one tbs of liquid seaweed
one tbs H202
two tbs of agricultural molasses NOTE-- You can use regular molassis all you'll need to do is add a bit of sulfur powder to it. Most is 'unsulfered', read the label
1/4 tsp of Super Thrive
1 - 2 drops of pure tea tree oil
(Thanks, Kaufman)
Bugs and fungus. This will not hurt the good bugs, but will kill aphids, spider mites, mealy bugs and scale, white flies. Spray until the plants drip. You can also use a heavier concentrate, for harder to kill 'stuff'. ......
Dissolve 1 bar Kirk's Castile soap in 1 gal. very hot water and let it sit for one week, stirring daily. Dissolve 1 cup of the liquid in 1 gal. warm water, shake and pour into a spray bottle.
(Thanks, Kaufman)

Horticultural Oil Recipe
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1 C. Soy or Cottonseed oil

1 Tbsp. liquid soap

Shake well to emulsify.

Use: 1 - 1 1/2 tsp. per Cup of Water to ... spray

@ Below 85 Degrees temp

Mites,scales,psylia,mealybugs & some caterpillars

I use this on house and garden plants and in the veggie garden ;-D
(Thanks, scooterbug!)

4 TBS of Baking Soda
1 Gallon Water

Water your brugs with this, then treat again the next week. Good to use once a month as a fungicide. (Thanks, cbrandenburg)
Earwig Spray.

1 gal. water
1/4 cup ivory liquid soap (I now use other brands
1/4 cup vegetable oil

mix and spray into foilage crevices where earwigs are hiding (Thanks, poppysue)
Use once a month.

1 gallon tepid water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon household ammonia
1 teaspoon Epsom salt
1 teaspoon saltpeter

Your plants will love you for using this. Use this in addition to your regular fertilizing routine.
(Thanks, poppysue)
While I'm on a role... this one is for a slug spray that I also got off the daylily robin. It would be good for those teeny-weenie slugs.

Slug Spray

1 part household ammonia to 5 parts water...

Spray it directly on the slugs for it to work (Thanks, poppysue)
Agriculture molasses is sold at Lowe's, salt peter can usually be found at a drug store
Go to a feed mill/store that mixes grain for farmers and bring a gallon milk jug in one hand and a sweet smile on your face. I'm sure they will pour you a gallon. I don't recall at the moment what they charge me but it could be around 6 to 8 bucks.
Aphids, earwigs, etc. - when I moved my brugs outside a few weeks ago, somebody yelled loudly - "lunch over here". And in a couple of days the damage was showing. I used a spray of rubbing alcohol and water in a 1:1 ratio with a shot of dish soap and sprayed well - top and underside of leaves and down the trunks. I repeated every few days and no more damage.
(Thanks, proudnana)
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Aphids/whitefly,,,1 Habanero Pepper with some water in blender. Strain through coffee filter.
add 1 gal water and use to control aphids white fly, neighbors anything that moves. Be out of the way of spray or could be could be retired from gardening for a while. I would think a little ivory liquid dish soap to help it stick. Highly recomend rubber gloves as this is the Hottest of hot peppers.
SuperThrive ... If you can find it, put a B-complex vitamin tab in the mix.
Saltpeter is potassium nitrate. the same that is used in preserving meats for sausage.
"I have some because I make homemade summersausage and it is a preservative in my recipe."
"We get SP to spray on the mangos when they bloom to kill the anthracnose. It doesn't really kill it, but often you get one more fruit!!!"

has anyone ever tried coffee for slugs and snails? we used it this summer and it really seemed to help. 1 strong cup (I used more) to a 5 gallon sprayer. Sprayed it about dusk once a week for about a month. The article I read said the caffine was what killed them. (something to think about) (Thanks, ruthm)
ANTS--- The warning on the boric acid says it is harmful to humans, dogs, cats, bird, bees etc. I have used thick sugar water with the boric acid, put it in a cottage cheese container with a couple of small holes in the top made with an ice pick I heated via the stove eye... worked GREAT.
My 'recipe' lol is plain ol cinnamon. It is supposed to have natural antifungal properties. I have used it on mid section cuttings that want to rot from the top down. Just dip the top of the cutting in cinnamon and let dry and plant as usual. Doesn't always work but have had more success than failures. An orchid grower told me that they used it on orchids for fungal problems.(Thanks, angel_tree_baby)
I find this recipe interesting:

1 gallon tepid water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon household ammonia
1 teaspoon Epsom salt
1 teaspoon saltpeter

I am a chemist, and this is how I guess you would interpret this recipe:

1tsp baking powder: when in contact with water this releases carbon dioxide (which of course plants use to grow by making sugars or cellulose)
1/2 tsp household ammonia (ranges from 5 -10%, let's assume 10% in this case): 10% * 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) / 4000 ml (1 gallon) = 0.00625% nitrogen (as ammonia)
1 tsp epsom salt (this is magnesium sulfate with it's density: 2.66g/ml): 2.66g/ml * 5ml (tsp) / 4000 ml (1 gallon) = 0.33% magnesium (as magnesium sulfate)
1 tsp saltpeter (Potassium nitrate with density: 2.109g/ml): 2.109g/ml * 5ml / 4000 ml = 0.26% potassium (as potassium nitrate)

So if you were looking at this like a plant fertilizer the numbers would be:

0.00625 - 0 - 0.26

With 0.33% magnesium which apparently I've heard brugmansias like.

The potassium seems extremelly high, it's normally added at about 0.02-0.03% (when you dilute your plant food, like miracle grow). So this is 10 times more than what's usually added (assuming all of the potassium in potassium nitrate is available for use by the plant)

I think it's best if this is added to plants in the morning so they can utilize the carbon dioxide.
If you're adding this formula at night, I think maybe Hydrogen peroxide should be substituded in the place of baking powder, since this supplies the plant with oxygen and oxygen is used at night by plants

I don't have the salt peter, so I think i'm going to substitute it with kelp growth enhancer I have handy. It's mostly has just potassium as the main nutrient anyway. But at a more safe level: around 0.03%

(Thanks, Janina5309)
By someone who lives on a steep rocky hill in Washington State, and grows cactus:

Our weather is probably the same as Seattle, but I use Epson Salts on all my plants in the fall. My theory is that the magnesium displaces the nitrogen and acts as an antifreeze. Seems to work for me. I've been doing this for over 10 years now with excellent over winter results.

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