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Help with squash

Monday, May 12, 2014

Trying to grow squash and mildew gets it everytime. Looking for some suggestions. Love squash but can` grow it.

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CBRINKLEY401 5/13/2014 10:32PM

    Make sure you remove and destroy any affected leaves if you do get this, as it can spread. Don't put them in your compost piles or bins.

These formulas were from a Garden Formula book by Organic Gardening:
You can spray on a solution of 1tsp baking soda to 1 quart water. It works best as a preventative - start spraying before symptoms start and continue to spray weekly. Another recipe is 1 gallon warm water, 3 tbsp baking soda, and 1tbsp Murphy's Oil Soap. The baking soda changes the PH to make it inhospitable to the mold spores, and the soap acts as a spreader-sticker to help the solution stay on the leaves. You can substitute any soap like dish soap for the Murphy's oil soap.

A copper or bordeaux mixture is also helpful when battling or preventing any fungal disease like mildew, again spraying about once a week. It's best to start spraying BEFORE you have a problem. If you already have it, it may help to keep it from spreading to new growth, but probably won't do much for the leaves that are already affected.
Another thing that has been shown to work against powdery mildew is antidessicants (the sprays that you use for Christmas trees or wreaths to hold in moisture and make them last longer). You have to be sure to coat both the top and bottom of the leaves. This blocks the spores from the leaves, as well as preventing any spores that are already on there from spreading.

Good air circulation helps too. Pruning so they don't get too thick will help. Some squash varieties will grow on fencing. And straw helps keep the plants dry as well.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/12/2014 5:57PM

    I grow alot of squash. The trick may be to keep it up off the ground as much as possible. Maybe put straw down around it? Also try moving it to another spot.

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My surprise today!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

emoticon emoticon I have been wanting chickens again, has been a year without fresh eggs. Lucky me, a friend is moving and having to find her chickens a new home. Just have to get a coop built. So excited!

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BLOORP 2/14/2013 12:58PM

    Went to the state fair and saw a great exhibit with baby chicks. And of course I looked at all the full grown ones too. What fun.

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BLOORP 2/10/2013 12:24PM

    next week . can't wait. Coops ready.

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ILUVU2 2/10/2013 11:58AM

    Did you get your baby chicks yet? emoticon

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NEVERGIVEUP57 2/1/2013 6:50AM

    Enjoy the eggs :)

I'll have to suggest to my friend to build a larger coop and rotate around the yard, she surely has a big enough one!

Are yours white or brown hens? She has brown and therefore brown eggs..and nothing like a fresh egg!


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BLOORP 1/27/2013 11:22PM

    I will keep them in a coop. Have racoons and foxes and hawks to protect them from.Raised them for 12 years before. Will rotatate them around the yard with a rolling coop.

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NEVERGIVEUP57 1/26/2013 5:46PM

    Blessing or a best friend lives in a rural area and wanted chickens..she has 6 of them. Fore warning though, they will eat a lot of your garden, bulbs, etc. if you let them free range and the poop, we'll let's say she has a special pair of chicken boots.

She is a gardner of veggies and plants :) and is not too happy about the eating of them, roots and all.

Will you keep them confined to a coop or free range?

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oodles of lettuce and peas

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lots harvested today. Fresh salad sooo good. Cukes too. I'm really gettin the hang of this container gardening thing. Took some time, but its easier then I thought. I was so used to having a farm size garden. Amazing what u can grow in a small space if u try.

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JUDITHANNIE 1/25/2013 9:02AM

    good for you

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NEVERGIVEUP57 1/23/2013 4:44AM

    I live in the Northeast and last summer was my first crack at cherry tomatoes, Added to the front of my house and they blended in nicely. I would love to try pots as my other veggies didn't do so well! My broccoli never sprouted and my green peppers were no where to be found. emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/22/2013 2:32PM

    wonderful...can't wait to get mine planted..almost time to get lettuce. carrots, & beets planted in my cold frames.

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my winter garden

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Has been a bit too warm of a winter this year for my winter vegis but looking forward to a cold snap to save my broccoli and sprouts! Eating my peas, just wonderful. Friends and family love just walking thru my garden and plucking something off. Too happy for words with my garden. If you have been thinking about it, stop. Just do it. Good luck.

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/21/2013 10:21AM

    Ah, yes. BROCCOLI! A favorite of mine. I hope your lovely garden is saved by cold.

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My happy garden

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Carrots and broccoli doing great and the weather is getting cooler. Yea!

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BLOORP 1/28/2013 2:30PM

    Now I am planting more lettuce and strawberries. My blueberries are flowering and so are my lemons and limes. Can't wait!

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GOPINTOS 10/29/2012 6:30PM

    emoticon Good job!

Thanks for sharing!


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WILSHAR7 10/29/2012 12:55AM

    I love carrots and broccoli. Especially home grown. Enjoy them while you have them because soon you will be buying them in the store again. Use the nutrition tracker to track the food you eat.
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BLOORP 10/28/2012 10:22PM

    Can u try container gardening. I just got into it this spring myself.

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DEBBY4576 10/28/2012 9:04PM

    Love it when we finally get cooler. We can't grow anything in the sand of the low desert here. So happy for you that you can.

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