Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 2:59pm

Hollyhocks always remind me of my granny.

Comment by Daniel W on August 3, 2017 at 2:31pm

Garden tractor back on line!  Mowed on monday, no tall dry grass any more.  We haven't had fires here, but I don't want to be the source of one, either.

Comment by Daniel W on August 3, 2017 at 2:30pm

Nice reading about your experiences, turkeys, zucchini tragedy.  Well, zucchini tragedy is not nice, but I feel like it was worth sharing and sorry the are not doing well.

I've been on line less because of so much to do.  Cleaning out several years of detritus from garage, very dismaying.  The up side is it is much cleaner now, just a little more to go.  I had left some bags of potting soil and eggshells on the gardening bench, and mice used it to make nests and all kinds of mess.  I had also used the garage as sort of a transfer station when remodeling the kitchen and building the pantry, and needed to get rid of everything.  Got my workbench set up and organized and neat, and the garden tools in a bin for easy access.   Procrastination...  and it's the hottest weather of the year!

Plus, watering the garden every day.  We are getting smoke from forest fires, hope others are doing OK.

The good news is, lots of tomatoes.  I made 2 plum pies.  Zucchinis every day now - so no root rot.  Too dry here in the summer for that?  I do rotate crops, and zucchinis this year are in last year's corn patch. 

Well, off to do some watering.  No more garage work for a few days, but soon it will be presentable again. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 1, 2017 at 7:18am

Joan, thanks so much for the info. I'll pass it on to my friend

Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2017 at 7:15am

Everybody I've talked to has had zucchini root rot. I only got 3 zukes before the plants died. No great loss. Just wondering how it could be so wide spread.  And thanks, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:48am

Zucchini root rot:  Surround® At Home® Crop Protectant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:37am

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


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:06am

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 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:38pm

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?

Comment by kathy: ky on July 31, 2017 at 6:39pm
And butterflies and rabbits and beneficial snakes and frogs. All kinds of good things.

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