Milk is not for food only. Here are 7 reasons to use it in your garden

Milk is not for food only. Here are 7 reasons to use it in your garden

There are a few universal truths which we have been sure of forever. Some of those are that plants only like water and that cats like milk. Although plants thrive on water, they like milk as well!  According to Science Focus, most cats are lactose intolerant and should be sipping water only.  Judging by thus, it turns out that we are pretty much wrong on both accounts.

Interestingly, various sources suggest that milk can be beneficial for your garden and the plants.  If you are interested in learning more about this, read on!

1. Milk acts as a fertilizer

The calcium content in milk helps strengthen the structure of a plant.  The same nourishing properties that people and animals reap from milk could actually help nourish and protect plants too.  According to Gardening Know How, the sugars found in milk help produce healthier crops.

2. Milk can disinfect

When applied in areas with direct sunlight, milk develops potent antiseptic properties.  As recommended by Cape Gazette, dip the garden pruners in milk to disinfect them instead of using bleach and similar detrimental chemicals.

3. Milk can prevent fungus

Applying diluted milk to the surface of the plants helps fight off fungus disease like mold and rot. For optimal results, combine part milk to two or three parts water. Spray the solution on the leaves of the plants every ten days. For the most success, use the solution at the beginning of the season as prevention.

4. Milk improves the health of your soil

Using milk in the compost pile or the soil makes it healthier as it absorbs all the vitamins and fats present in the milk.  Many people pour powdered milk into the soil, but feel free to use a watered-down mixture, which helps keep bad smells away.

5. Protect your tomatoes

A mixture made up of one part skim milk and ten parts water helps protect tomatoes from disease and rot.  Spray the plant every couple of weeks to keep diseases away.  According to Harvest to Table, do this until the middle of summer.

6. Milk can deter some insects

When used properly, cow milk can help deter bugs like mites, thrips, and aphids. According to a study published in the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture, you need to use whole milk to maximize the results.

7. Milk and Molasses

Although milk works wonders in the garden, you can maximize its power by combining it with molasses. This combination provides the needed sugars that strengthen the plants and keeps weeds away at the same time, given that these ingredients create unfavorable conditions for weed seeds.  Specifically, insects have no pancreas to digest the sugars found in milk, which makes it ideal fungicide and soft bodied insecticide.

You can spray it on the compost and garden soil before planting and when insects appear, as needed. Spray directly on them and the areas they reside in.  The combination of milk and molasses indeed works as a highly useful soil drench.

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