Plant Diseases

If you have a plant disease like fungus, mold, mildew or blight, you need help, and we've got it. Controlling plant pathogens and diseases the organic way for healthy and safe vegetables to eat.


Controlling plant diseases, powdery mildew on tomatoes Plants that are susceptible to mildew, such as peas, pumpkin, zucchini and cucumber can benefit from a milk spray. Use full-cream milk and spray every few days on the leaves until the mildew is under control.

If the small white patches of mildew are just starting, you should be able to catch it early and stop further spreading by using a diluted milk solution of equal parts water and milk.

If the situation is out of control, either remove the affected leaves or the whole plant and destroy it.

Moulds and Fungus:

Controlling plant diseases, grey mold on tomato "Damping off" is caused by fungi such as Phytophthora and Pythium. Seedlings, like lettuce, suddenly collapse with the rot. Soggy conditions, overcrowding or too much peat in the mix can be the cause. Try letting the soil dry out on the surface in-between waterings, and even sprinkling a layer of sand on the surface.

Chamomile tea is a fungicide. Prepare a cup of chamomile tea and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Once cool it can be sprayed on the affected leaves, top and bottom.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled around plants and soil also controls fungus.

If you can make or buy good quality Compost tea, this is extremely beneficial. Compost tea balances the microbes and bacteria in the soil, thus fighting the disease organisms and providing active healthy organisms and fertiliser to strengthen plants and make them resistant to problems.


Controlling plant diseases, Bacterial wilt on zucchini Wilt can affect many plants, and the fungus spores can remain in the soil for years. Use any of the organic fungicide ideas as for mildew above. If out of control, practise good crop rotation.

Clean pots: Between seasons with clay pots, give them a good clean if any sign of disease or pests was in the previous plants.

Fusarium wilt in potted herbs plants are an example. A soak in bleach works, but then you must re-soak in plain water to remove the bleach. One part vinegar to 5 parts water is a better soak solution, and give the pot a good scrub down also.

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