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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Hollyhocks always remind me of my granny.
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.
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.
Joan, thanks so much for the info. I'll pass it on to my friend
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!
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?
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