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.


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.


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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