[Market-farming] Powdery mildew

Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Thu Sep 22 07:14:03 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 - What's your basis for saying this? Thanks for reminding me: 
good whole raw milk is probably NOT something to use since the cream 
milk fat is NOT good for the leaves. -Allan

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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
>>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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