[NAFEX] powdery mildew okay in the mulch pile?

Mathew Waehner waehner at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 14:54:18 EDT 2009

I would burn the powdery mildew material or compost it in a hot pile.  Or if
you have a natural area on your property, just chuck it back there.

On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us> wrote:

> This isn't strictly about fruit, but I think the principle is the
> same, as powdery mildew attacks some fruit plants as well as my peonies.
> For the last several years I've gotten some powdery mildew on my
> peonies.  It's time to cut them down for the winter, and they all have
> a little mildew, and the ones I didn't spray (with milk!!) have a lot
> of mildew.  In the past I've carefully separated the mildewed waste
> and put it in my municipal trash instead of throwing it into the mulch
> pile.  But now that the fungus seems endemic, I wonder if it's worth
> the trouble.  What say you?  Okay to just toss it in the mulch pile?
> Note that my "mulch pile" isn't a carefully tended compost heap that
> necessarily gets hot enough to "cook" things.  It's just the back
> corner of the property where I toss fall leaves and random yard waste,
> and where my husband dumps moldy fruit and the kitchen compost.
> Starting this year I have mined it a little for topsoil (there's very
> nice organic stuff under the top foot of mostly leaves.)  And I expect
> to mine it for topsoil in the future, so I don't want to build up a
> heavy disease load.  But I don't know how much it matters.
> Thanks,
> Ginda
> eastern MA, zone 6
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