What Is This Mold or Powdery Mildew?
The other day I was in my garden and I spotted it. Oh the dreaded powdery mold or mildew that no gardener wants to see. How could this have happened?
It has been quite dry this year, but a lot cooler than usual. I am very careful on not watering the leaves, and water at the base of the plant. So why was I getting this mildew or mold on my leaves?
I wish I had a solid answer, but as with any garden experience, it can change from one year to the next.
So many things can play a factor in whether or not problems arise in your garden. The wind, the weather, the rain, insects and birds all can bring mold or mildew to your garden.
What To Do Once A Problem Arises
When a problem does come about, and trust me you will experience problems, then you get to add another notch to becoming an expert gardener. When it comes to gardening you can’t grow as a gardener unless you have challenges to grow from.
Pesky pest and diseases might be a nuisance yes, but trust me when I say you will become a better gardener once you learn how to conquer these problems.
So today we are going to talk a bit about mold or a powdery mildew as shown in the first picture above and how to conquer this problem.
An All Natural Solution
I try my best to keep my garden as organic as possible. So if I can treat a problem without chemicals, I am going to do just that.
Mold or powdery mildew is a gray or white like substance that can be furry or powdery and grows on the leaves. It can grow on the top of the leaf or on the underside. It can spread rather rapidly so it is best to treat it as soon as you notice it.
Todays recipe is so simple and is something everyone has in their kitchen already. What is the magic ingredient you ask?
Yep, you read that right, milk! Milk naturally has proteins that can protect and help kill off any unwanted molds or mildew. I know, who knew right?
Here Is What You Will Need
Yep, it really is this easy! So are your ready to make this solution?
So here is what you are going to need.
- Get a clean spray bottle.
- Fill it with 40% milk and 60% water (any milk will do, but I use organic because that is all I have in my kitchen).
- Shake and use.
- You also need the sun to make this work.
Yep, it really is that easy!
Lets Do An Example On A Zucchini Plant
Now that you have your solution, head outside on a warm sunny day and spray the areas in question. Be sure that you spray the underside of the leaves as well.
Allow the milk mixture to fully dry in the hot sun. This is a very important part of to making this work. The sun bakes the proteins into the leaf and kills off the unwanted mold or mildew.
Spray liberally. Here is what my plant looked like after I was done spraying. Repeat again in 10 days if needed.
This will work on zucchini, squash, summer squash, winter squash, watermelon, pumpkins and any other gourds you could think of.
A Second Application On A Cucumber Plant
It also works on cucumbers. Lets take a look at this picture below. In this picture is a climbing cucumber plant. You can clearly see the mold starting to form.
I sprayed one application and this is how it looked several days later. Here I am repeating it 10 days later. Not sure it really needed it, but I was being extra cautious.
The plant continued to thrive and look at this amazing cucumber…yep a healthy plant indeed.
Share Your Thoughts
What about you…have you had any issues with how to get rid of mold or powdery mildew on squash and cucumber plants?