[Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Thu Sep 22 10:00:13 EDT 2005


The agricultural version of baking soda is Potassium Bicarbonate sold as
Millstop at $38 and Armicarb at $34 per 5 pound bag. You mix them 1-2
tablespoons per gallon or 5 pounds in 100 gallons to spray an acre. I have
used higher doses only to slightly burn flowers. If you choose to use this
organic approved product apply it twice a week from when the plants are 12"
across. You need to get complete coverage which is nearly impossible but is
better than nothing...I have applied this stuff and seen the mildew die within
30 minutes, the cells of the fungus explode. "They blowup real good"... I
would like to know how much it would cost to buy plain old baking soda in 50
pound quanties???...Bob.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

Sabina F Swift wrote:

> 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.
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > Market-farming mailing list
> > Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> > http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming
> >
> > Get the list FAQ at: http://www.marketfarming.net/mflistfaq.htm
> >
>
>   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> _______________________________________________
> Market-farming mailing list
> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming
>
> Get the list FAQ at: http://www.marketfarming.net/mflistfaq.htm




More information about the Market-farming mailing list