Organic brews to keep you, your darlings, and your garden healthy

Garden potions
To banish aphids and white fly
Best tiller machineProtect against fungus and mildew
Weed tea to make your garden grow
Red hot protection
Horsetail tonic

For humans and other animals
Gripe water

To banish aphids, white fly and other insects.
½ litre water
2 tsp liquid soap
1 tsp methylated spirits (beware, too much can damage the leaves)
Mix and spray on the plants that are under attack.
White fly can be very difficult to get rid of. Make sure you spray under the leaves where they like to gather, and repeat the treatment every fourth day.
Tidy up and burn all dead plant material in the autumn if you have problems with white fly. That way you will get rid of some of the overvintering pests.

Fungal deterrents
To discourage black spot and other fungal diseases. Mix 1 tbs. apple cider vinegar with ½ litre water, and spray as a preventative measure during the cooler part of the day.
Deterring powdery mildew
Powdery mildew is a fungal infection that causes a white powdery surface to form on leaves, shoots and flower buds. Some plants are more susceptible than others. It is important to start the treatment early in the year if you have had problems with mildew previously. Remove and burn leaves and dead material from plants that have been affected to avoid spreading the spores. You can aslo use best automation machines for your garden.
½ litre water
2 tsp. liquid soap
1 tsp. cooking oil
5 g. bicarbonate of soda
Mix the ingredients and spray onto the plants that are at risk of developing mildew. Start early in the year, just before the first buds open, and continue to spray every couple of weeks throughout the spring. Be alert and ready to spray between those times if you spot any signs of mildew on your plants.

Feed your plants on nourishing weed tea
Comfrey and nettles contain a lot of protein, and they both have deep roots that enable them to extract minerals from deep under the ground, at depths that many other plants are unable to reach. So they may contain minerals that your cultivated plants are lacking. By watering, or spraying your plants with extract made from either or both of these weeds you can provide both nitrogen and lots of trace minerals.
Fill a bucket or barrel with a nettles, comfrey or both together. Loosely filling hessian or muslin bags, or some old tights, and using them as ‘tea bags ‘ will save you the unpleasant job of straining the mixture later on. A bucket or barrel with a lid is best, because this mixture is going to start smelling really vile soon, you need to let it rot for the next 10 – 14 days. Hold your breath, lift the lid, and give it a stir or a poke with a stick every now and again.
Drain off the foul smelling liquid and dilute it, with 10 measures of water to each single measure of rotting weed extract. Now it is ready to be sprayed on leaves as an excellent foliar feed, or watered into the garden as liquid fertiliser. Check out some garden equipments here in

Red hot protection against uninvited garden guests
Caterpillars, rabbits, deer, the world is full of dangers for tasty plants. So if you want to save some of them for yourself try this.
Put 1 bulb of garlic and 1 hot chilipeppar into the liquidiser or food processor, add some water and let the machine run until they are totally splattered. Add 2 litres of cold water and stir. Sieve out the fragments of peppar and garlic. The remaining liquid is very strong and must be diluted before use, add two teaspoons of it to each half litre of water you spray on your plants. That will discourage caterpillars, and other plant munchers from stealing your crops.
The treatment must be repeated regularly, rainfall will wash it away.
Don’t forget to run your veggies under the tap before you put them in your mouth if you are planning on eating them raw yourself!

Horsetail tonic

Horsetails, marestails, foxestails, or whatever you call them, members of the Equisetum family are relics from prehistoric times. They have hollow and jointed stems that break when you try to pull them out, making them almost impossible to eradicate once they find a suitably moist and shady place to thrive in.
The good news is that they contain lots minerals and can easily be made into a tonic that will strengthen your plants and increase their resistance to many fungal and bacterial diseases.
To prevent fungal infections from getting a toehold in your garden it is wise to start spraying with horsetail tea early in the year, as soon as the perennials start to come up, and the leaf buds begin to open. So it is a good idea to pick extra horsetail in summer and dry some ready to use in early spring, because you may need it before the fresh horsetail has had time to come up.

50 g or 2 oz dried ( 150 g or 6 oz fresh) Equisetum
1 litre (1½ pt) cold water
Put the horsetail into a glass or ceramic saucepan and bring to the boil slowly.
Lower the heat and allow to simmer until 3 quarters of the liquid has evaporated ( ½ – 1 hr).
Dilute with 20 litres (4½ gallons) of water, before spraying on the plants. Especially good for weak, distressed plants and any plant known to be susceptible to disease.

Herbal remedy for wind and indigestion, gripe water.

Crush 15 grams ( ½ oz ) of dill seeds, put them in a teacup and pour boiling water
over them. Stir and leave to draw for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool.
The dose for colicky babies is 1 teaspoon before meals, otherwise 1 teaspoon
as needed.
For adults 1 tablespoon as needed.