[Market-farming] Powdery mildew

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Wed Sep 21 23:11:18 EDT 2005


What works even better than whole milk is nonfat dry powdered milk. Quite
cheap and doesn't attract insects or create any problems. It really does
work much better than anything else....

Barb

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On 9/21/2005 at 3:43 PM Sabina F Swift wrote:

>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 
>input. 
>Sabina  
>
>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, 
>> 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.
>> >Thanks.
>> >
>> >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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