Using natural methods is the easiest and most effective way to keep fungus out of the garden. Fungal diseases, such as late blight can quickly spread from one plant to twenty. It will kill all the plants susceptible to it. These are some natural methods that can help prevent and stop the spread of fungus in your garden. Use one or all, for effective fungus control.
1. Use cornmeal or sand. Fungus does spread from plant to plant, but it can only form in the right conditions. Using corn meal or sand mixed with your soil can keep tomatoes, cucumbers and other plants from developing fungus by controlling moisture and promoting good drainage. To use these natural methods for keeping fungus out of the garden, simply mix soil half and half with sand or cornmeal.
2. Use garlic. Garlic is a natural method for killing all types of fungus. It also aids in pest control. Toss a few cloves in the blender with a small amount of water and chop them up. Add a quart of water and strain the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritzing this solution on plants once a week kills fungus and keeps away several different insects.
3. Use cinnamon. Damping off is a fungus issue that effects seedlings. You can keep this fungus out of your garden with cinnamon. Simply sprinkle cinnamon lightly on top of the soil, where seedling are growing. This easy natural method will keep fungus from killing off your seedlings before they get a chance to start.
4. Use less water and better drainage. To keep fungus out of the garden, discourage it by using less water and seeing that plants have proper drainage. Let soil dry between waterings. Avoid planting in hollows. When planting in containers, be sure they have gravel, rocks or marbles at the bottom and plenty of holes for the water to drain.
5. Toss infected plants. Fungus can spread quite rapidly from one plant to the next. This is why it becomes so important to sacrifice fungus infected plants for the good of the rest of your garden. If you are planting in containers, be sure to clean them thoroughly before reuse. Some gardeners even recommend throwing them away to keep fungus out of your garden.