Post #G20: Powdery mildew, what I have learned.

Another gardening post.  This one is about eradicating powdery mildew on cucurbits.  See my earlier posts to be clear about the difference between protectants and eradicants for powdery mildew.  Once your plants are already infected, you’re looking for something that will kill an existing infection, i.e., an eradicant.

This is a followup to Post #G19, where I found a spray that appeared work as an eradicant on my pumpkins.  You can find the recipe there.  I’m now spraying that around my garden.  This post is my summary of what I think I’ve learned by this process.

But first, pictures. Continue reading Post #G20: Powdery mildew, what I have learned.

Post #G19: Three-part powdery mildew eradicant spray.

Another gardening post.  This one is about eradicating powdery mildew on cucurbits.  See my earlier posts to be clear about the difference between protectants and eradicants for powdery mildew.  Once your plants are already infected, you’re looking for something that will kill an existing infection, i.e., an eradicant.

I seem to have mixed together a spray that will kill powdery mildew on my cucurbits without killing the plants.  And, to my surprise, a mouthwash-based spray seems pretty effective as well.  Many others failed to kill the mildew.

Caveat:  If you try any of these sprays, test them on a small area first.  Wait a few days and see whether or not they kill your plants before you proceed. Continue reading Post #G19: Three-part powdery mildew eradicant spray.

Post #G15: Powdery mildew: Protectants versus eradicants.

Some people view their garden as place of peace and tranquility.

But I say, if the lion lies down with the lamb, we’ll soon be overrun with sheep.

Source:  By Edward Hicks – National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., online collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=175611

For the persnickety, per the actual Old Testament reference, that’s wolf/lamb, leopard/kid, lion/calf.    But in terms of predator/prey relationship, no functional difference.

This is yet another post on gardening.  If you have no interest in gardening, move on.  The actual subject of this post is powdery mildew, below. Continue reading Post #G15: Powdery mildew: Protectants versus eradicants.