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My three year-old Canadian Maple is suffering from a touch of mildew, and I want to try making my own fungicide before trekking out to find a chemical version.

Baking Soda fungicide

  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Washing up liquid
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 gallon – 3.8 litres (6.5 pints) Water
  • Tablespoon measuring device
  1. Mix the baking soda, vegetable oil, and washing up liquid with the water.
  2. Shake solution to mix the ingredients. It is important to keep the ingredients mixed thoroughly so continue to shake the solution often while spraying.
  3. Spray on areas of your lawn or garden that is affected by fungus. The fungicide can be used on lawns and on vegetables, and ornamental plants in your landscape. One gallon of this home remedy fungicide will cover/treat approximately 1000 square feet.

Garlic and Mineral Oil Fungicide

  • 3 oz minced garlic cloves
  • 1 oz mineral oil
  • 1 tsp fish emulsion
  • 16 oz water
  • 1 tbsp castile soap
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth or muslin fabric
  • Spray bottle

    Mix the mineral oil with the garlic in a glass jar, and let the mixture steep for at least 24 hours.

  1. Strain the mixture and discard the garlic. Pour the garlic oil back into the glass jar.
  2. Stir the fish emulsion and 2 cups of water into the strained garlic oil, and then add the liquid castile soap.
  3. Pour the fish emulsion mixture slowly into the garlic oil, stirring as you pour.
  4. Mix 2 tbsp. of the fungicide with 1 pint of water and put it in a sprayer to treat affected plants. Garlic and mineral oil fungicide will keep for several months if you store it in a sealed glass jar.

Garlic and Pepper Fungicide

  • 1 large head of garlic
  • 700ml (1.5 pints) water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 habanero or jalapeno peppers
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth or muslin fabric
  • Spray bottle
  1. Place one large head of garlic in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the water, vegetable oil, habanero or jalapeno peppers and whole lemon, and blend until the ingredients are finely chopped.
  3. Let the mixture sit overnight, and then pour it through a strainer lined with cheesecloth or muslin fabric.
  4. Mix 4 tbsp. of garlic and pepper fungicide with 1 gallon – 3.8 litres (6.5 pints) – of water to spray on affected plants.
  5. Store any unused garlic and pepper fungicide in the refrigerator.

!! The garlic and pepper will also kill any insects on the plant


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