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May 28, 2014 1:57 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Mistirose: Come on out to the desert. Guaranteed to be 99.9% free of powdery mildew.

Powdery mildew is everywhere in hot/damp environments. Nothing can be done to keep it away from the other plants, they already have it, and just haven't succumbed yet. Prevention for already growing plants is to keep them as dry as possible... If you have to irrigate, water only the ground, not the leaves. Water in the mornings rather than at night. Increase airflow around the plants so that things dry out quicker. Don't keep things wet by applying mulch. Perhaps use rocks as mulch. Set plants further apart so that airflow is improved. Grow under an awning so that rain doesn't fall directly on the plants. Grow on trellises to keep leaves further away from the dampness of the ground. Etc...

Longer term... Grow varieties that are less susceptible to powdery mildew.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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