Powdery mildew

When I opened the curtains this morning, I noticed grey spots on the leaves of my pumpkins. It looked just like I had splattered grey paint over the garden. Turns out that this is powdery mildew, so I am now acquainted with yet another unwelcome garden guest.

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Powdery mildew

Anyway, I have been out to cut off the affected leaves – one plant is in a worse state that the other, with mildew on the stem as well. This is the one on which I have an increasingly orange fruit, so I’ll take out the plant today and continue the ripening process on the patio.

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Pumpkin almost ready

As for the other plant, it has produced – belatedly – what looks to be a fertilised baby pumpkin. As this plant seems okay on the whole, I think I’ll leave it, having taken off the affected leaves, and see what happens. It’s a bit late in the day for getting all maternal but an experiment is an experiment!

© Helen Butt, September 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Powdery mildew

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Thanks for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  2. Catherine C says:

    Oh dear, but isn’t there a solution of milk and water that you can spray on it!

  3. Marcella Rousseau says:

    I had the same thing on my zucchini plants. I did the same thing as you, cut off the leaves. But it spread to my other zucchini plants. Since I only had ONE zucchini this whole season, I decided just to pull the 3 plants in case it had ideas of spreading to my tomato plants. Anyway, now my heirloom tomato plant has some kind of wilt disease so yesterday I picked all the tomatoes that had some red on them to let them ripen indoors. I don’t think I’m going to plant either next year although I know my cherry tomato plants will come up by themselves so I’m ok with that. I’m going to try all new varieties!

    • That sounds a good plan. Such a shame about the zucchini and tomato plants but at least you have some red(dish) tomatoes.

      • Marcella Rousseau says:

        I’m disappointed about the zucchini but prior to the wilt, I had a lot of beautiful tomatoes from that vine. The ones I picked yesterday are still big, but misshapen. Truth be told, I’m tired of tomatoes! I don’t know what to do with them and am thinking of giving them away!

        • Why not make salsa and freeze it, for example? I would dearly love for my tomatoes to turn red so I can freeze some for sauces in the winter rather than having to rely on packaged from the shops. Maybe next year…

          • Marcella Rousseau says:

            I could make salsa. I don’t know why I haven’t made salsa this season. I concocted my own fruit salsa last year but I can’t find what I did with the recipe! It was so good. Anyway, the peaches at the store weren’t good this year, very disappointing. I could make tomato salsa because I have some cilantro growing and a red onion in the fridge. I’ve been on the computer so much lately that I haven’t had time to do much creative work in the kitchen. Maybe on the weekend. I’ll buy some chips at the store when I leave the library and pray that I won’t eat the whole bag before the weekend! : – )

          • I find not eating a whole bag in one go very difficult!

            Getting round to things like salsa is difficult when you’re busy.

  4. Danielle says:

    Hi Helen! I need to play catch-up and read all your posts from the last few weeks as I’ve sure missed reading about the happenings in your world. 🙂 In any case, I do hope the mildew isn’t a continual issue for you and your garden. Cheers!

  5. Don’t worry about the mildewy leaves – we get them every year on our squashes, and still manage to get a healthy and generous crop of pumpkins!

  6. Benjamin says:

    Dastardly mildew! Good luck!

  7. Helen, I have found over the years that the leaves look their worst as the pumpkin turns orange. All the plant’s energy is now going to the fruit. I usually remove the leaves, but find that the plant does just fine without my interference. I think you’ve got yourself a fine looking pumpkin. Congratulations!

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