Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Tackling the powdery mildew.

Well as was established on an earlier post I got powdery mildew on my marrows and cucumbers. I wasn't too worried as I was told it was quite common this late in the season and I had a really good run of veg. from both sets of plants.

powdery mildew
A reminder of the powdery mildew.

So I thought I would set to the task of remo
ving the plants from the allotment. However upon cutting back the marrows I found that there was some new healthy growth underneath and there were still some flowers blooming so on two of the plants I cut them right back and left the healthy growth. I have no idea if this will work but considering there was a possibility of some extra marrows I decided i wasn't going to lose anything from it!! I will keep you posted on the result!!

The healthy growth underneath the marrows.

I decided to go ahead and compost the leaves as the powdery mildew only lives above ground on live plants and therefore....(hopefully)....the composting process and then being dug into the earth will kill it all off!!

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  1. Fingers crossed that you will get some more marrows from your plants. I think you've done the right thing, nothing ventured nothing gained.

  2. You remind me of all the stuff I'm not doing! I need to chop down my mildew victims, still not planted my winter crops either. Tsk tsk.


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