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Post  walshevak on 3/7/2014, 10:40 pm


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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/8/2014, 11:51 am

What a great article. I'm putting that one in my garden information file!

Thanks for taking the time to post it,
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/8/2014, 3:42 pm

So I guess we can mix milk and a drizzle of blackstrap molasses with a gallon of water for a double whammy?  I wonder what soft bodied insects are besides grasshoppers? Does that include aphids and cabbage worms? *crossing fingers* 

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Post  walshevak on 3/8/2014, 8:09 pm

And I'm hoping reconstituted powdered milk will work.  I have some of that out here in PI.

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Post  keepercjr on 3/8/2014, 9:32 pm

I used raw milk last year to combat powdery mildew on winter squash.  I diluted it with some water and sprayed away.  I think it worked pretty well and I was very consistent with the application every morning and sometimes in the evenings.  We get raw milk every week and if it starts to sour I  just give it to the animals but maybe I will start adding some to the compost pile or spraying the leaves to get rid of the pests.
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Post  yolos on 3/8/2014, 10:15 pm

Won't the molasses attract ants.  We have a real problem with ants and I think they would go wild over the molasses.
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Post  walshevak on 3/8/2014, 10:49 pm

I don't know about the ants, but most of the recipes for compost tea that I see say to add molasses so the soil microbes must love it.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/8/2014, 11:58 pm

Very Happy  Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

it gave answers to questions that I have often wondered about! 

*Who knew that something as simple as milk and molasses had such powerfully positive, far-reaching effects?* quote from the article.... just what I was thinking while reading it!

this year I want to try foliage spraying of our compost tea  Very Happy with added milk!

thanks again
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Post  Rahab222 on 3/9/2014, 12:22 am

I read this article in the Houston Chronicle today.  The reason I would never add molasses is that I have a real problem with ants - especially in my strawberry boxes.  I combat them with diatamacious earth and by planting onions around the outside parameters of my strawberry boxes.  Apparently, the sweetness of the berries draw them, so I wouldn't want to add any other sweetness to my beds that may attract ants.  The diatamaceous earth works really well, but the soil has to be dry to treat the bed for ants.  All that is required is for the diatamceous earth to touch the ants and they die because it damages their exoskeleton.  All it is is crushed/powdered fossils and I buy it at the nursery.
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Post  Popo on 6/2/2014, 6:40 pm

I might try that one out. Thanks for sharing the article.
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