It may be hard to believe but using milk in the garden has proven to have its benefits.
It has proven to aid plant growth as well as to help get rid of some issues in the garden such as calcium deficiencies, viruses, and powdery mildew.
Milk helps plants in the same kind of way that it helps animals and people.
Calcium nourishment is a big thing that milk can bring to the garden.
Calcium is something that plants need in order to grow, so when plants seem stunted or when they get blossom end rot, which is pretty common in squash, tomatoes, and peppers, it means that they have a calcium deficiency.
Using milk as a fertilizer in your garden can help avoid these issues.
Some other beneficial components brought to the garden by milk are vitamin B, sugars that are healthy for the plants, and proteins.
These things just boost the overall health of your garden!
Milk has also often been used as a pesticide, such as for aphids, and also as an antifungal, seen getting rid of most powdery mildews.
There are a lot of good things that come when you use milk in the garden, but there are also some bad ones.
Milk can spoil if you use too much of it which leads to wilting plants and a bad smell.
This can be avoided as long as you use milk in moderation.
The fats in milk may produce a bad odor as well when they break down.
Another thing is that the fungal organisms that break down milk can be unattractive.
But this does not affect the health properties that milk brings to the garden.
Last, avoid using skim milk because when it dries it has been known to cause black rot, soft rot, and alternaria leaf spot on treated cruciferous crops.
These few downsides come far from outweighing the good things that milk does for your garden.
Lastly, it comes down to how you use it.
First thing to remember is that you must use milk that is diluted with water.
However much milk you choose to use is up to you but it should be a fifty/ fifty mixture with water.
When it comes to what type of milk it does not really matter.
Fresh milk, old milk, powdered milk, or even evaporated milk, it is all up to you.
You can use milk as a foliar spray, or simply just pour the solution around the roots of your plants.
Any odor that occurs should go away with in a couple of days.