Friday, July 23, 2010

What crazy weather we're having! At least Mother Nature is taking care of watering everything for you. With all the rain that we're having, lawns and gardens everywhere should be happy now.

A big thank you goes out to Tamar Fischman. She worked hard to arrange our most recent speakers, getting the farm two speakers in one weekend! If you missed the speakers, there should be more coming up. Keep an eye out for announcements, and please take the time to come and see one of the talks. They don't last too long, are full of information, and are a great way to meet your fellow farmers. Thank you Tamar!

With the damp weather comes things such as powdery mildew. There are several solutions out there, including using a milk solution or baking soda solution. One solution goes: 10% milk, 90% water. mix, spray on both the tops and bottoms of leaves. Let dry, apply every couple of days until mildew is controlled.

Or you can try:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 quart water
A few drops of liquid soap
Again, mix and spray. Test this on a small patch of your plant before you spray your entire crop to test the sensitivity of the plant.

There are a couple of commercial sprays available, too. If you choose to use one, make sure that it's organic approved. Local nurseries such as Reynold's and Stew's and shops on-line carry organic sprays.

If you'd like to know more, you can find more information here:

Don't forget, fall-planting time will be here soon. Planting crops in late summer extends your growing season. Carrots, parsnips, beets, broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, collards, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, peas, and all kinds of salad and Asian greens. Choose disease-resistant varieties that mature quickly.

Hope that this helps! Remember, the local libraries have many good books on gardening, and there's a wealth of information on-line. If you're new to gardening, or want to learn more, there are many places out there you can learn from.

See you around the garden!
Shari Reilly

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