Learn about the 8 amazing milk uses in the garden backed by experiments and research!

1. Using Milk as Disinfectant

Here’s one way to use milk in the garden, as a disinfectant. According to Michigan State University, Extension “Milk has been shown to be an effective alternative disinfectant for greenhouse tools to prevent the manual transmission of viruses.” Instead of using a toxic bleach solution to disinfect garden pruners and scissors, dip them in milk to disinfect them. Milk even prevents the transmission of many tomato diseases such as tobacco mosaic virus. As a bonus, tools don’t corrode or rust as much when cleaned with milk. Here’s a helpful article to read!

2. As a Fungicide

Milk can be used successfully to fight against fungal diseases such as molds, rot and powdery mildew. Visit The Spruce to learn more! Spraying a diluted mixture on the surface of plants’ leaves lowers their susceptibility to fungal infestation. The GrowVeg.com has an article on it in detail. Milk is also a potent additive for improving the adsorption of pesticides and preventing them from getting runoff by strong winds and rain. Additionally, milk has been proven to stall the transmission of disease-causing viruses such as tobacco mosaic virus. Various studies support this claim.

3. Home Remedy for Black Spots on Rose Bushes

Rose bushes are susceptible to black spots, caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae that prefers, warm, humid, and wet conditions. One way to tackle this problem is by spraying diluted cow milk on the affected areas. The reason why milk is so effective is that it contains lactoferrin, a potent bactericide, and fungicide.
Horticultural professor and author Jeff Gillman, who did extensive research on this project instructs to use 1 part milk and 2 parts water to spray on roses once a week until the problem persists. Kevin Lee Jacobs, from the website called A Garden For The House, posted an article on the same topic. He tried this home remedy, and it worked well, many other gardeners in the comment section testified the positive results.

4. Improves Soil Health

This ancient practice of using milk to improve soil health came into existence again after a few positive reports surfaced online. According to research conducted by Bridgett Jamison Hilshey and Sid Bosworth, the University of Vermont Extension, pastures subjected to milk sprays attained healthy growth and stays disease-free even in the presence of seasonal pathogens and destructive soil insects. Additionally, application of milk enhanced the ability of soil to absorb air and water. Here’s one more article that supports this claim!


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