[Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity
igg at igg.com
Wed Sep 21 21:27:50 EDT 2005
Actually, common grocery store MILK has proven to be a better
control, when sprayed timely on susceptible plants. You'll have to
GOOGLE for reports, but in several studies I read, milk, pastuerized
or non-pastuerized, out performed the carbonates, Arm-and-Hammer or
the $150 a gallon stuff. -Allan
>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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