Saturday, June 19, 2010

Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning!!

Most days of late my head is swimming with all the things that I am learning about my garden and how to best care for it to keep it HAPPY!! I found this article and thought that it was interesting.
I hope that I am doing this correctly to give proper credit to the author. I would LOVE to have input from others. What do you think?
Plants feeling under the weather?Give them aspirin water! (click here to read the entire article)

By Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder for PlanTea, Inc. and
Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul
"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning."

We've all heard that advice from doctors. And moms have been dispensing this all-purpose cure-all to their families as a standard way of providing relief from headaches and sniffles, muscle aches and joint pain.
Then it should be no surprise to learn how an important aspirin ingredient--salicylic acid--is being used as an Earth-friendly first aid for warding off plant diseases.
Meet Martha McBurney, the master gardener in charge of the demonstration vegetable garden at the University of Rhode Island. In the summer of 2005 she tested aspirin water on tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, basil and other plants after reading about it in a gardening publication called the Avant Gardener (PO Box 489, New York, NY 10028). The results were well, astonishing...



  1. I just read this a few days ago. Thomas "A Growing Tradition" gave me the link when one of my tomato plants had aphids on it. I did make some and put it on my plants. I guess that he must use it. Though I'm not sure. We will see how it works.

  2. Robin... please keep me posted on how your tomato plants do with the spray. Are the aphids gone? Have you ever tried the dishsoap spray that others were using for the bugs?

  3. I killed the aphids with my fingers! I just made some soap spray today in case I need it. I don't usually have bug issues. I always inter-plant my vegetables.