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Mel's Mix is Too Good

Post  bennyhannahmama on 6/26/2011, 7:02 pm

So, after endless questions and hemming and hawing, I got my SFG going. I then ended up buying plants (got too overwhelmed and confused with seeds) and my garden is growing like crazy!

I have a few questions now. First of all, I have white spots (powder mold) on my squash leaves:


What's the fastest easiest way to get rid of this?

Speaking of my squash leaves...they are taking over my SFG! I probably went a little too squash heavy and the leaves are gigantic and blocking the sun from my other plants. I'm assuming if I cut any of the leaves it will kill the plants. What do I do?



Finally, I'm confused by my strawberries. Shortly after I planted them I had a few strawberries growing nicely on each plant and then they shriveled up and disappeared (I'm watering daily if it's not raining) while everything else in my garden is thriving. The plants seem to be coming back now, but I don't see any strawberries yet


Thanks in advance for any help.

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Post  WardinWake on 6/26/2011, 8:36 pm

Howdy BHMama:

Many strawberries produce their best in years 2 to 5. The first year they will put most of their energy into getting their roots established. Also the high heat of summer will stop fruit set very quickly. If you do not see blooms you will not get fruit. As the temps drop in early fall you may get some fruit set. Out of 200 + plants that we have we are getting only a handful of fruit each day where in the spring we were getting bags full. The most fruit we got this year was on 2nd year plants. Even the transplants from last years rootings produced only small amounts of fruit. Look out next year!

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Re: Mel's Mix is Too Good

Post  littlejo on 6/26/2011, 8:59 pm

As for the squash, mine got the spots too, I think mine was caused by water spray, but it does not seem to bother the plants. You can cut the leaves out of the way,just don't cut too many at a time. I do it all the time! Mine is now growing out of the box and into the isle, but still bearing.

In SC the Strawberry farmers replant in the late Summer, so plants can get roots set before winter. The plants green-up and bloom the following spring, making it seem to the plant that it is their 2nd yr. growing, plant psycology? But, this yr. mother nature got everyone by surprise, and failed to give us a spring, last yr. we did not get a fall either, summer, then winter, including snow 3 times.

My Strawberries are blooming now, so, will see if we get any berries.


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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/28/2011, 8:06 pm


The above link has good info on preventing and controlling powdery mildew


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Post  bennyhannahmama on 6/28/2011, 9:41 pm

Thank you and everyone for their advice!


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Post  Miss M on 6/29/2011, 1:50 pm

I used cornmeal (just plain, yellow, grocery store cornmeal) to control powdery mildew on my roses in FL. Worked great! I sprinkled the plants and the ground around them, but I have seen directions mentioning sprinkling it just on the ground. I don't know. It did work.

Another thing I saw was a 1:9 solution of milk:water, and spraying that on the plants.

For squash taking over, you can actually stake them, tying them to the stake every 6 inches or so, and you can cut the leaves that are below the currently developing fruit. Even if you don't stake them, you can do the cutting, and you can encourage the plant to spill outside of the garden, so that it isn't shading anything. Very Happy

I can't help you with the strawberries.

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