Posted: 24/06/2014 at 17:48
Looking for an organic solution for mildew and found this - finally an upside however small to Horsetail : ) Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a pernicious weed which spreads by underground stems which may go down as deep as ten feet, forming horizontal rhizome systems at intervals. This makes it particularly difficult to control. If you have a horsetail problem, there???s a bright side to it because an infusion of the weed makes a good fungicide for control of mildew on straw-berries and other crops, and checks rust on celery and celeriac. Collect the horsetail, foliage, stems, rhizomes and all, and for each 28g (1 oz) pour on 1.1 Litres (2pt) hot, not boiling, water, and allow to stand for twenty-four hours. Strain off the ???tea??? and use undiluted.