This Dig for Victory guide to better fruit – disease control in private gardens was aimed at improving fruit yields by instituting a pest and disease control programme.
It should be remembered that this leaflet is a faithful reproduction of the original content but formatted for modern media. Originally it was a six page leaflet but has been condensed to four pages.
It refers to pest control washes and sprays that are no longer available like lime sulphur spray and derris. Ironically lime sulphur wash is available in other countries and is approved for use in organic systems in Australia. Derris was organically approved until it was de-listed due to a tenuous linkage to a chemically similar substance causing harm to animals when used in very large quantities.
Tar oil washes & DNC washes are also no longer available to the home grower. Plant oil based sprays are available but their efficacy is questionable in comparison.