I have a hard time not potting up every volunteer that ever sprouted. Right now I have at least 2 million celosia babies. Last year I has almost a full 50' row and because of all the rain they got to be way over 5' tall. I never got a chance to collect any seeds but figured I'd have some volunteers. Boy, do I! I want to pot some up in paper cups and sell at market for $1 just haven't had time to pot them up. I have a flat of them dug though.
I have no idea what you can spray for the mildew and mites though. I think I have a recipe for bug spray with Murphy's but I haven't used it. I'm trying a new one with ground garlic, ground sage and ground hot peppers. I have a lot of problems with squash bug and bean beetles. My first beans are great but then the invasion starts. And I haven't been able to raise a decent squash for a couple of years, and then only the huge Dickensons, a pie squash.
I was just going to say the same thing. Use milk like Greene said for the powdery mildew.
I am melting and so are the plants. These 90+ days need to take a break for a few days. Hard to belive just a couple of weeks ago we had winter clothes on and was freezing. Now we about 15F degrees hotter than normal for this time of year.
Don't mater if ya stand indoors or out ya just sweat to death.
Misti... If you have a place where you can dig up some of you BS and movew them too a cool and semi shady place til Aug, you might try that. We put out near end of Aug here BS , Califlower and Collard plants and they produce by the time the holidays come up.
I would be very leary of using Murphy's or Neem oil when the temps are so high. It like covering the plants in oil and cooking the leaves.
I know nothing about it, never used it, but you might check out a product called LAVAMITE. Supposed to be an organic product for killing spider mites. Other than that if the plants are small Pic em up and give them a dish soap and water bath. I use the Ajax anti bacterial orange colored one . There something abotu the orange in it that helps kill them and aphids too. After a good dunking or if plants are to big to dunk than I just spray dish soap on plants and than turn on water hose. Plants will look like they taking a bubble bath. I wait a few minutes to give soap time to work and than go back and rinse plants off several times real good to remove the soap.
Either than or get ya a container of ladybugs in and turn them loose in your yard. Ladybugs will eat the snarf out of spider mites. Ya just need a bunch of them if your mite problem is bad. There a couple of companies that sell beneficial bugs in egg or larvae stage
Time to head out into the heat swamp. friend brought me a bunch of bamboo poles so I can make some trellises for all these beans. Wish they would have built it for me too.
Folks stay cool as ya can. Heat stroke can come on very easy and it no fun when your kidneys and liver shut down from it.
How the rest of you folks doing. Still to wet and cold or are ya sweltering too?
Thanks all for the info! ok I will do the milk, had just seen several on the net saying it didn't work for them so was leery. as far as the mites yea I can just do soap was hoping that other combo would take care of both. We have been lucky so far this year having a cooler than norm summer. its only in the 70's today.
Yep, the winter was so cold and so long that the plants never got a chance to do their thing and then the hot weather came too quickly. Try again in the fall.
Before you trash the plants, if you cut off the flowering parts (compost that part), peel away the woody outer covering of the larger stems, you can chop, steam, and puree them (in a blender or food processor) and make a lovely broccoli soup. Add a bit of ham and some cheese. Not a total loss.
Christine mine are still trying to produce even through the mildew. I am not sure when I should yank them. Should I yank them even if they are still trying to produce? I sprayed with the milk/water last night.
Misti, I'm pretty sure if mine were still trying to produce I would leave them until the very end! Peas are a cool weather crop so they might die back on their own when the weather heats up? I just figured the best was behind them. This was my first time growing peas but I'm going to try again in the fall and see if they will grow over winter here.
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