Magic potions as fertilizer and treatment

Whip up your house potions!

Infusions, decoctions, teas ... Enjoy the virtues of plants to manufacture fertilizers and natural treatments and cheap.

Some plants can help others to grow, to fight against diseases or scare away insects and pests. Well known organic gardeners, their active ingredients are extracted in different ways. All are easy to implement, ecological and economic.

The infusion

As its name suggests, it is a plant infuse in boiling water, filtered and then dilute to spray the plants to be treated. An infusion of clovesgarlic can be used as repulsive against aphids, snails, maggot carrot... There chamomile will be both fortifying and insect repellent (Against the Cabbage White and aphids, like absinthe).

  • Count 100 g plant for 1 liter of water. Use rain water and let steep one day.

The decoction

Decoction, garlic is fungicide and insecticide, wormwood helps fight against slugs, aphids, the ants...

After 24 hours the plant soak in cold water, boil the mixture 20 minutes, filter and spray.

  • Count 100 g fresh plant (20 grams of dry plant) for a liter of water.


It allows to manufacture purins for use as a spray for treating the foliage or in the irrigation water to stimulate plant growth. Rich in nitrogen, the nettle manure is a fertilizer well known. It also helps to fight against mildew, thepowdery mildew and aphids. The manure horsetail acts as a fungicide. Containing potassium, calcium and phosphorus, manure comfrey comprises a ideal fertilizer for young plants, roses and fruit vegetables.

  • Mix 1 kg of chopped plants in 10 liters of water, let simmer 5 to 10 days by stirring regularly, when the bubbles are gone, the manure is ready.

And also ...

Thegarlic contains sulfur, ideal to prevent fungal diseases. Plant it at the foot of peach against the blister.

The coffee grounds is a fertilizer rich in nitrogen and minerals that you can easily use it to enrich the soil of your potted plants and houseplants. It can also be deposited on an anthill to scare its inhabitants.

Read: "I prepare my potions for the garden," Brigitte and Serge Lapouge Collection Easy Bio, published by Living Earth.

Laure Hamann