Monday, August 17, 2009

It's Monday alright...

On a life note...I'm off to a bit of a rough start this week. I'm still waiting for that upward trend. Soon? Please? Thanks.
On a gardening note...this is what used to be a pathway in my garden. Um..yeah. When birdhouse gourd experiments and randomly planted zucchini plants that you didn't think were going to survive are involved there IS no such thing as a pathway.
So I just tiptoe carefully through...it's OK. I figure it's a good way to block out weeds!
And...dangit...the zucchini has powdery mildew. And it's spreading to the gourd. And I don't know what to do? Anyone?
Is there anything natural that will get rid of this irritant? Or do I just have to pull the whole plant before it infects everything?
And just as I thought things were going quite nicely in the garden, too...

11 comments:

Elaine said...

Sorry for the powdery mildew and rough start. I have nothing to offer the organic gardner in you.

I will offer prayer for the other parts of you, though.

And I want to hear about the eggs.

Salad? Pickled? Scrambled? Fritatta anyone?

Love!

thehippiechick said...

Powdery mildew just seems to happen in late summer. You could try spraying the leaves with some Dr. Bronners and water but I usually just live with it until first frost.

dmoms said...

hang in there Michelle. I hope your day got better.

underthebigbluesky said...

i'm no help for you i'm afraid.

my zucchini is growing longer and longer, sideways into the pole beans. it's a monster.

my tomatoes unfortunately got the blight. makes me miserable!

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

I wish I had some encouragement as far as the zucchini & gourds go - I'm just not familiar with powdery mildew.

I hope your day, and all the following, are better, my friend. It seems so many of us are all in the same boat. But like I told D, good thing we have a Life Preserver!

Thinking of you this week...

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

PS: Oh, yes I am familiar with powdery mildew! Does the kind on my bathroom tile count? Just kidding...

Tammy James said...

no help with the mildew here either sorry. I do love the nasturtiums peeking out everywhere ... I must get me some as we head into spring.

Nancy said...

Sorry, but I don't have any all-knowing advice about the mildew. As for the upward trend you're looking for...hang in there. It will come. Hope your week is good.

Beegirl said...

Sending you kind thoughts to get your week off to a good start. At least you didn't leave a bag of chicken tenders in your car trunk in 90 degree heat only to be found, last night - 3 days later! My car smells like a garbage truck. And no, driving it with the windows down didn't help. Just a little something to make you laugh...

Fabreeze...does anybody have some Fabreeze?

Rhonda Jean said...

If the powdery mildew is just starting, often a mix of 10% milk and 90% water, sprayed on the leaves will cure it. But don't have a cat who follows you around like mine does to lick it off. Grrrr.

If you always have this problem, you might like to do what we do. When we plant our zucs, we water them in with a weak solution of copper oxy chloride (it's organic). You should be able to get it at the garden store. This tend to protect them. Make sure you clip off all old and weak leaves because it is these weaker leaves that always seem to be attacked first.

PLUS a little hug for feeling down.

underthebigbluesky said...

Michelle,

I just ran out of the other room and stopped the girls movie because I just read a blurb in British Country Living about diluting organic milk and spraying on any vegetables with a powdery mildew. It says mildews like acid conditions and milk will help neutralize it. The girls think I am crazy for running in the room and shouting, stop! I have to let Michelle know how to get rid of her mildew!

It also says coffee grounds are a good slug and snail deterrent! How about that!

Looks like someone else knew that. Hope you have success.