GardensAll Weekly Newsletter May 20, 2018
One of our biggest losses last year was that of our squash crops. We got hit double by squash vine borers and powdery mildew. It was a one-two punch, especially to our summer squash and pumpkins. This year, we are strategizing how to fend off these attackers. And here is a list of our preventative measures.
Squash Vine Borer Prevention
- Starting the growing year fresh with new straw bales
- Planting early and using row covers
- Applying cedar bark mulch along the stems of each vine
- Checking each plant routinely for signs of eggs and/or actual bore holes
- Routine spraying with BCT (Dipel)
Powdery Mildew Prevention
- Preventative applications of neem oil spray
- Follow up applications of Green Cure fungicide (organic)
- Sanitization – burning affected plants, keeping the area free of dead and dying vegetation.
This week, we’ve seen our climbers jump into action. The beans and squash are beginning to take hold of the various trellis and arch panel systems. As you can see from the photos, we are big fans of “growing up”. In small space gardens, that’s a given if you want to grow vining crops.
Finally, we’d like to share our prototype vertical desk system. The third bin of our composting set-up serves as the base. It’s a good height for standing and offers a central view of the garden patch. As such, it’s nice to work outside the home. And… being a gardener, I don’t actually mind standing over the compost! 😀
We welcome any comments and recommendations about dealing with squash pests and the dreaded powdery mildew, or any other gardening topics you may be working with. It’s great to compare notes and discover what really works.
May your garden flourish and your harvests be bountiful!
Coleman for GardensAll
P.S. I’ll be heading to NYC this coming week for a book convention and to talk up my latest book. If you like fiction, you may enjoy checking out my dystopic series where mountain survivalists conflict with utopic city slickers. 😉
G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson
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