[Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity
Sabina F Swift
sabina at hawaii.edu
Wed Sep 21 18:11:44 EDT 2005
How much baking soda do you use per 5 gallon water? And how much
is "little oil" for the same amount of water? Powdery mildew is a very
common disease problem on many vegetable crops here in Hawaii. This
spray is something I can recommend to new, immigrant farmers who have
scarce resources to deal with plant diseases.
Sabina F. Swift
----- Original Message -----
From: Old Timin' <oldtimin at williams-net.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 2:31 pm
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity
> Mark:I plant two or three kinds of squash each year. And..., each
> year the
> squash plants produce like crazy for a while, turn gray, and die.
> Oldtimin:Does the gray look like a dusty powder. It could be
> powdery mildew.
> If it is you can make a spray with water, a little vegetable oil,
> and baking
> soda. The baking soda changes the Ph on the leaf to a point the
> mildew can't live. The oil helps it stick, and the water is just a
> It won't correct any damage but it will stop it from getting
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