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Re: May in New England

Post  NHGardener on 6/2/2012, 10:46 am

I think vegetable garden art is beautiful.

BTW, I grew up in Wilson (near Easton).
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Re: May in New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2012, 7:14 am

OIY! This weather...!!! Possible no sun til Friday.

Does all this drizzle, cold and no sun mean problems for some/all veggies? Please advise this newbie. What should I hit with the blow drier? Wink
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Post  NHGardener on 6/4/2012, 7:54 am

Yeah. The constant rain is a big downer. I hope it's followed by some nice hot dry weather.

The biggest problem I can see is just delayed growth. So far my stuff seems to be doing just fine, but I'll bet if there were some nice hot sun to go around, they'd be a lot further along. This kind of weather makes me appreciate MM tho - drains so well.
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Re: May in New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2012, 1:25 pm

What about mildew? What might be affected by that besides tomatoes?

I read a great recipe for mildew so that I'm armed and ready just in case. Now I'm wondering if I should spray it on ahead of time...but on what?


  1. Mix one tablespoon baking soda with one gallon of near-room temperature water.

  2. 2Add one or two drops of liquid soap to help the solution adhere to the plant.

  3. 3Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil (olive, sunflower etc.) and shake well to create an emulsion that will help contain the spores (and limit re-infection of the plant).

  4. 4Spray the affected areas with the solution.

  5. 5Repeat as necessary.

  6. 6Understand why this works.
    This solution changes the Ph balance on the surface of the plant,
    making it an unsuitable environment for powdery mildew to proliferate.
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2012, 2:30 pm

That spray is best as a preventive. I use it for the cukes and zukes (and other cucurbits). Spray top and bottom of the leaf for best effect.
Contrary to popular belief, it isn't rain that promotes ,downy and powdery mildew, but the relative humidity in the air. Shocked

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/5/2012, 1:23 pm

Thanks, Camprn.

No rain yet today but we've been at 85 - 91% humidity for days now when it's not raining. I could probably spray the cucs & zucs today, but what about the teeny tiny tomato plants? Should they get it, too? And do I need to respray every time after it rains?

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