[Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity

Allan Balliett 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
>>  powdery
>>  mildew can't live. The oil helps it stick, and the water is just a
>>  carrier.
>>  It won't correct any damage but it will stop it from getting
>>  worse.
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