White Powder and Other Findings

| June 29, 2012 | 10 Replies

If you enjoy photography, and gardening, life can be endlessly interesting. A plant you photograph one day may look different the next. There’s always something to photograph. This came up suddenly overnight. Powdery mildew? But, it’s on backs and fronts of leaves, so I’m not sure. I trimmed off the affected leaves.

We ate this grand cabbage last night. I was too tired to make slaw, so I steamed it.

I started with eight, now I’m down to two. This is the next to last one. I better get some more started!

I’ve had a lot of trouble getting berries. I covered some plants with netting. Here’s the only ripe one this morning.

I have let my purple basil seed tops grow. I couldn’t bear to pinch off anything so pretty.

My sunflowers are particularly glorious this sunny morning.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! – Kaye

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  1. oceannah says:

    Don’t forget to clean you clippers after trimming up a possible disease. What gorgeous sunflowers! And a perfect strawberry 🙂

  2. Love the sunflowers. It does look like powdery mildew. I’m having an infestation of japanese beetles. I broke down today and bought chemicals. I won’t be useing it on any organic food crops, but it is def going to be used on the poor roses! (They are completely covered and ALL blooms destroyed!)

    • You know I broke down and bought chemicals and over the year-long rose ordeal, did not find it helped much. What do Japanese beetles/infestation look like? My problems have been mildew, rust, earwigs and borers. That’s been the worst, cause you can always strip the leaves but if the blooms don’t open, what’s the point of roses, right?

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Hi again Kaye, Sorry, just noticed this comment about roses, or I would’ve mentioned it earlier… Michaela (if it’s not mentioned in the link I just left ) definately has answers for you on this and many other questions at The Gardener’s Eden.

    • oceannah says:

      Japanese beetles are a symptom of something else…grubs, (and moles aren’t far behind they feed on the grubs). The Japanese beetle is the adult stage of the white grubs that eat up the lawn. Best organic control is milky spore…fyi.

  3. How inspiring – thank you for the information. Now, if only the deer would leave our garden alone 😉

    • From what I’ve gathered from gardeners with deer problems, the only help is cages or fences. There are a few items you can plant that are deer resistant, if you aren’t too partial. If I had to deal with deer here, on top of powdery mildew, rust and borers, I’d give up on my heirloom roses:).

  4. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hi Kaye, Wow, those are gorgeous sunflowers! Can you tell me what kind they are?
    Sending you a really comprehensive article for the mold and mildew troubles common at this time of year. Hope it helps (in addition to the great advice already given here; )
    About your Thai Basil – or any Basil, for that matter – if you want it to keep growing on, just pinch off those spent blooms (you should have some seed by now) and save them in an envelope (used is good: ) for replanting next year (and don’t worry, there’ll be lots more flowers come along; )

    • Hey, Deb, those are Lemon Queen, Helanthus annuus. I mention that at the end of the current episode of “Late Bloomer,” my web series. Click the top button of my blog to go to youtube (I now have 11 episodes online and several more coming.). The brand is Botanical Interests, USDA Organic. Of the one plant I pan up to top, then pounding in the stake, there are now 24 blooms (that’s the one in the photo on this blog) and more coming. Amazing! Thanks for the advice, and thanks for writing!! I’m going to read thegardenerseden blog post now. Thank you!

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