garden girl
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I'm going to try adding dry milk....

Newt, you mentioned you used milk in another post, I think I will try adding dry milk to my new beds and some pots...see what happens...will post the news later.

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Milk is generally used as a foliar spray to deal with powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. But, do let us know your results, you have me intrigued.

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It was my understanding that the milk was to supply calcium, but I think where I am trying it for powdery mildew could be even more useful!

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Garden Girl,

I've not tried the powdered milk. Interesting idea, as Opabinia said. I add a tablespoon of milk to the watering can for my potted plants. Here's the recipe for milk spray for powdery mildew. It works well.
https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s948323.htm

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Two other ways to supply calcium:

Crushed eggshells (I used to get them from local restaurants and cafeterias but,now just use the ones from my home. )

Bone Meal


If you are growing tomatoe plants definately do add some source of Calcium. Otherwise the tomatoe plants will succomb to blossom end rot.

You can also buy a calcium spray at nurseries but, I like to keep things more or less natural.

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I know this has nothing to do with dry milk, but does bone meal attract animals/rodents? We have many neighborhood cats, racoons, among others.

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I haven't found that it has but, it would be interesting to see what others have found.

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I stopped using bone meal because my dogs would dig up whatever I planted. :?

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I use bone meal and fish blood and bone in my garden. I know from other people that dogs like it but I don't have a dog, my cat is not interested and have no problems from rodents...might be because I have a cat though. :lol:

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I knew I remembered something of the sort, so I am glad we don't have a dog! Just neighborhood cats. I love animals, but not wandering around my yard to crap everwhere they please :roll: . grosses me out thinking that my lovely veg/fruit is sucking it up through the roots, EEEWWWW!!!
Anyway, that probably isn't my only gardening pet-peeve. ha ha.

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