[Market-farming] Powdery mildew
Sabina F Swift
sabina at hawaii.edu
Wed Sep 21 21:43:19 EDT 2005
Milk here in Hawaii is pricey - $5.00+ /gallon (gasoline is getting
closer in price, $3.69 unleaded in some gas stations)- I don't think it
will be practical. Besides, milk will attract ants and other soil
arthropods that might become another problem. Anyway, aloha for the
Sabina F. Swift
----- Original Message -----
From: Allan Balliett <igg at igg.com>
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 3:27 pm
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity
> 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,
> or non-pastuerized, out performed the carbonates, Arm-and-Hammer
> 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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