Natural Or Organic Approved Plant Remedys and Tonics


Natural Or Organic Approved Plant Remedys and Tonics

To share natural plant remedy recipes, identify diseases and link to the appropriate cures.

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Tamarillo 4 Replies

I have a tamarillo tree that lost all it's leaves and the last 3cm of the shrunk is dead and brown. Before dropping the leaves got more yellow and yellow. Does anybody know what this is and how to…Continue

Started by Lyn Isaac. Last reply by Lyn Isaac Nov 9, 2013.

peach leaf curl 4 Replies

I have been having a battle with leaf curl since buying a new peach tree about four years ago. When I asked for advice from the nursery I bought it from they said dont worry just remove curled leaves…Continue

Started by Isabell Strange. Last reply by Lorraine Barnett Jul 25, 2012.

Thoughts on mosquitoes 2 Replies

Nobody likes mosquitoes and I've been thinking about some natural controls.The eggs are laid on water. They hatch and the wrigglers live in water for two or three weeks as they grow. Then the third…Continue

Tags: pests, control, mosquitoes

Started by Jacqui Knight. Last reply by Mark Spencer Dec 19, 2011.

Avodado agony

I have two avocado trees that are not doing well.  These are mature trees, they have dropped most of their leaves, regrown very small pathetic looking leaves, and are not fruiting well.  I think it…Continue

Started by Maree W Oct 7, 2011.

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Comment by Tom Reid on February 26, 2013 at 11:32am

Koha Healing Sound workshop This Saturday 10 am in Grey Lynn.

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Cheers Tom 021 251 3058

Comment by Tom Reid on February 26, 2013 at 11:32am

Penny Royal works for fleas and Aloe Vera Barbadensis definitely works for early colds:

Comment by Isabell Strange on February 22, 2011 at 8:00pm
hi Lorraine, thanks for that. I had and elder recipe but had no idea it did all those things and its great to know it keeps for three months.
Comment by Lorraine Barnett on February 21, 2011 at 9:53pm

I have a recipe for which is good for 

Aphids, carrot rust fly, caterpillars, mildew, fungal infections (on plants) crown rot and black spot.It keeps for 3 months and appears to be working well on the black spot and Aphids.


It is 2 cups chopped elderberry leaves

2 litres water

Simmer 30 minutes

Strain - spray as needed

Comment by Tara McFarlane on February 10, 2011 at 7:45am

Have you tried Diatomaceous Earth?

To insects DE is a lethal dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect's protective covering drying it out and killing them when they are either dusted with DE or if it applied as a wettable powder spray. If they ingest the DE it will shred their insides.

It's all organic, just don't breathe the dust in.

Comment by Dian & Dennis Patterson on February 10, 2011 at 6:59am

Hi :

We are setting up our Flexi tunnel hydroponically. Small trough has capsicums, tomatoes, and chillies. Argintinian ants are nesting in the plant roots, inside the Pando. 50% vinegar slowed them down, organic coffee grounds did not seem to help, the colony moved. Any pearls of wisdon ? Cheers, Dian & Dennis

Comment by Isabell Strange on August 7, 2010 at 10:41pm
Hi Steven just found this recipe using stinging nettles which repels aphids, reduces mildew and is a good foliar feeding spray and liquid manure. Cut the tops off nettles and leave the roots to grow on. Cover stems and leaves in water and bring to the boil. Hold for about about 10 minutes. Cool and strain. Dilute to the colour of weak tea before use. The sludge can be tipped on the compost heap. This mix seems a bit more palatable than washing water.
Comment by Isabell Strange on July 22, 2010 at 11:28pm
spraying on washing water saved from doing the laundry used to work quite well as a temporary measure (has to be repeated every couple weeks) on my roses. I am not sure about these new aphids (which weren't around when I started gardening) which attack salad greens.
Comment by Steven Kung on July 21, 2010 at 2:10pm
Hey all :)

Anyone know of a good not-too-harmful DIY way to get rid of aphids? I have aphids on some of my plants (parsley, cape gooseberry, puha [yes, a "weed", that's also nutritious and medicinal]).

And any ideas about what encourages/attracts aphids (eg unhealthy-plants / sub-optimal-soil ?).

Thanks :)
Comment by Isabell Strange on June 16, 2010 at 6:41pm
Just found this recipe for white fly infestation from Awapuni Organic Nurserys e newsletter, did see a request on ooooby somewhere for advice.
1 cup soya bean oil
1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Place both ingredients in a jar and mix well. Add 30ml of the mixture to 1 litre of water and spray affected areas every seven to 10 days until whitefly is eliminated. Repeat as necessary.

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