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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Zucchini root rot: Surround® At Home® Crop Protectant.
Bertold, I have used this company for 20-years at least and maybe 40 and have never been disappointed. They identify the disease or pests on their site or catalog and give enough information that you may be able to find the products locally.
Pest and diseases prevention
powdery mildew: Soap-Shield® Flowable Liquid Copper Fungicide
blossom end rot: Quik-Cal™ Pelletized Calcium
earwigs: Garden Pest Bait
hail: Heavyweight Row Covers
root rot: Tomatoes Alive!® Plus 100% All-Natural Fertilizer
All products are in the Gardens Alive Insect & Pest Control site or catalog
Benjamin Franklin wrote for ushistory.org) using an assumed name. He said:
"In the first Place, as An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted."
~ Benjamin Franklin
It was surprising to me because I thought they would grow more or less on auto-pilot, but I have a friend whose zucchini karma is completely afflicted. In his words:
Four years ago, I got hammered by powdery mildew. A year later, blossom end rot hit. Last year it was earwigs and hail. And now this year: root rot.
He had gorgeous, robust plants and nice big squash, and in three days they croaked. Anyone know of a treatment for root rot?
We live in Maryland about 50 miles north-west of Washington, D.C. The pix of the wild turkeys were taken by an Iphone. Not very good pixs and my wife couldn't get close to them bcuz wild turkey are timid.
We bought this house 2 years ago and this is the first time we've seen them. Just once in a while in the evening we have deer coming through between 5 to 6 p.m. We have a year round stream running through our yard. It has crayfish, toads, frogs and tiny fishies.
But this Summer is different. I've decided not to mow the back yard and let the wild flowers and other plants have their rights to exist. Since then we've seen more deer come through, wild turkeys, and ground hogs scurrying around.
Also our two terriers have been barking more often at night than before.
So it is obvious to me that leaving the yard to its natural state will bring nature and wildlife back. Fortunately, the wild animals haven't bothered our young fruit trees.
I, too, was shocked to see a sole turkey strut across my yard last spring. Where did he come from?, I thought. Never saw him again.
I thought wild turkeys were more shy than that. We don't have any here.
I've mentioned this somewhere before, when I was quite small, my dad took care of a large flock of intelligently designed turkeys. On my visit to the farm, I wandered into the flock and became quite scared when they all surrounded me and were all gobbling. I'll bet my dad had a good chuckle about that.
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