Research Takes Time

By Starr Potratz

My how time fly's when the garden is growing. I have been asked a lot of Why, What,When, How and

Can this? I mean inquiring minds really do want to know!!! So I have been hitting the books and experienced

people of the gardening world. Yes sounds old fashioned with today's technology, but it WORKS!

For instants, mulch with garden vomit. What in the heck is this beige, pinkish, or yellow stuff? First looks

horrid but not harmful to us or plants. You can remove it if you want. It is a fungus that eats bacteria. Our soil

is alive and that is a "good thing" so don't panic. Black spot on rose's, and powdery mildew on cucumbers or

other plants. Honestly I have not tried it yet though I am going to. For the black spot & greenfly, the poisonus

leaves of rhubarb boiled and made into a spray contain oxalic acid. Tomato leaves contain solanine a volatile alkaloid

once used in the making of a agricultural insecticide. Now I am NOT saying to mix tomato and rhubarb leaves

together. I have a recipe and I'm thinking the two could be made the same way, start with several up to 4 cups of

your choice of rhubarb OR tomato leaves juice them or not combine 4-5 pints of water & 1 tablespoon of corn

starch, strain it an spray!!!!! The rhubarb needs to be boiled, the tomato not. both need strained, and I belive

the corn starch is to keep it on until it rains. I recommend a DROP of dish soap. I prefer DAWN with the cute

duckie on the front. To nights the night for me to give it a try.

Check me tomorrow for more natural ways. Remember always use caution, gloves and DO NOT MIX

chemicals together. Though its natural it can still have reactions to us.

Sincerely, Starr your plant lady


Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouses, Inc.

1418 Buffalo Road,

Erie, PA 16503