Monday, June 14, 2010

Loving the rain!

This picture was taken on May 24th.  I remember clearly going out that evening to check on my garden and seeing this mildew on my squash plants and wanting to cry.  I was this close (If you could see my hand it is showing about an inch from my pointer to my thumb) to just calling it quits and not doing a garden.I went inside and did some research on the mildew.  Last year I tried to combat it with a water/baking soda mixture.  I wasn't real happy with the results.  I found a couple of people used a milk mixture and then I thought...duh! When my kids look like they have pink eye coming on I put a couple of drops in their eye, it's never progressed!  - This is real milk by he way, not that watered down skim or 2% crap!  So I made a milk water solution (1 part milk to 9 parts water) and sprayed them down right at dusk before the water starts condensating on the plants.  It worked like a dream!  Look at them now:  I did notice a few spots this morning, it's been very rainy lately, so I'll have to spray again tonight.  I sprayed about five times last time to get it gone.I just walked around snapping pictures of my grapes, raspberries, and blackberries.  I love the fruit!  Although all I'm eating right now are the straberries, you can look at the Inmanclan blog if you want to know why.I love my raised beds.  weeding is easier, watering is easier, and I think they look cool.