There are 2 things that I’m sure you know about me by now. 1) I’m frugal 2) I prefer to do things as natural as possible. Pretty simple right?
I try to do things the way my great-grandma did. She lived on a farm in the 1920’s, and raised 6 kids on 1 income! Everything did double duty and it was done the cheapest way possible. I’m just like her! So I’m often looking for simple solutions instead of the expensive commercial crap the media tries to convince us we need now.
That type of search is exactly what led me to cinnamon as a remedy for what ails my plants. Did you know that plain old kitchen cinnamon is an amazing fungicide? I mostly use it for seedlings, to prevent dampening off disease but it can be used several other ways. Here are my most common uses for cinnamon in the home & garden
The term dampening off covers a range of diseases and that attack a seed/seedling either before or after germination and cause the seedling to die. They can be caused by several different fungus and soil conditions. A few years back I read that if you dust the soil with cinnamon it will prevent dampening off. I’ve been doing it since with great results! (this also get’s rid of those little gnats that somehow appear around seedling trays)
Nothing worse then having to waste a beautiful day pulling mushrooms from the mulch in my flower beds. Mushrooms are fungus though, and by dusting cinnamon all over the mulch it helps to control mushroom growth.
Much cheaper then the chemical stuff they sell in the big box store and just as effective! Just apply cinnamon powder to the stem when you plant the cutting.
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