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Last year's season was spent under the motto: "Do without chemistry." I decided to pay special attention to ash, this is really a universal fertilizer, I have already been convinced of this many times, therefore I tried to use it to the maximum both as a fertilizer and as an effective medicine for many plants in the fight against diseases and pests.
Thanks to the ash, I managed to save my tomatoes from the "black leg", which literally "mowed" the seedlings. This is done this way: first, the root of each plant is dipped into a solution of potassium permanganate, and then it is powdered with dry ash and planted in new soil. In order to prevent late blight, she sprayed her tomatoes with a decoction of ash (boil 300 g of ash in a small amount of water for 20 minutes, then drain the cold broth from the sediment, strain and add to a bucket of water).
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A completely non-poisonous medicine "Trichopol" has a very good antifungal effect: dissolve 2-3 tablets in 10 liters of water, add a glass of milk and spray tomatoes with this composition.
For several years I have been using another unconventional composition for processing tomatoes - an infusion of garlic (pour 200 g of pulp with 3 liters of water, leave for a day, then add 10 liters of water, 30 g of laundry soap, strain and spray the tomato bushes). Maybe someone will think: why are there so many different means. There is only one goal - to avoid the addiction of pathogens to them, and it is better to turn to "chemistry" at the most critical moments, when, it would seem, everything has been done, and the crop cannot be saved.
I think it is precisely because I paid such attention to this crop, and a very decent harvest of tomatoes was grown last summer.
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I also noticed that the cabbage fly does not lay its eggs if you rake off the soil around the root leg of the cabbage and pour a mixture of sand and ash there (1: 5). And in order to avoid white rot of cucumbers and gray rot of strawberries, it is imperative to pollinate both plants and the root zone with ash. Here is such a wonderful ash.
I was especially pleased with the harvest of peppers that season. They not only reached enormous sizes, but also managed to blush. I think that, in addition to favorable natural conditions, several unusual methods of caring for them played an important role here - in late May-early June I broke off the first flowers and pinched the main stem for intensive growth of the lateral ones.
When watering, I added 30-40 drops of iodine to a bucket of water, which accelerates the ripening of fruits, enhances the color and improves the taste. When planting seedlings in the ground, I added "Aquadon" to each hole, which prevents the soil from drying out. As a result, the peppers exceeded all expectations, the largest fruit pulled 400 grams (Denis F1).
The beets were also pleased with their harvest; experimental methods of care were also tested on its beds: first of all, it is necessary to water the seedlings twice with an interval of 10 days (dilute 1 glass of fluffy lime in 10 liters of water). At the beginning of intensive growth, be sure to feed with an ash solution (1 glass per 10 liters of water), and after the appearance of the fifth leaf, pour it with saline solution (1 glass of table salt per 10 liters of water). With such care and good seeds, success is guaranteed.
Pumpkins are my pride, as always, I grow them in a compost pit, so no special cultivation techniques are required. This year, they harvested 16 fruits weighing 8-10 kg (Vitaminnaya variety). The harvest was enough to give gifts to all relatives and neighbors, and we ourselves eat it all winter.
Arriving at the beginning of winter at the dacha, I was surprised to see in many areas a lot of unharvested chokeberry, obviously, the owners simply do not know that it is possible to make excellent juice from it, which in its taste is not inferior to cherry, and the recipe is very simple:
Pour 4 kg of berries and 100 pieces of cherry leaves with 6 liters of boiling water, leave for a day, drain, pour the remaining thick with 4 liters of boiling water, add another 50 pieces of cherry leaves and leave again for a day. Then drain the water and squeeze the berries into it through cheesecloth. Combine the first infusion and the second, boil and add 1 kg of granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons of citric acid. Roll the resulting 10 liters of juice into jars. I highly recommend trying it!
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