But no, not only is this fungal problem not host specific, but it can blight your plants, both edible and ornamental during a wide temperature range.
Why is that? You might ask.
|Powdery Mildew on Cucumber Leaves|
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
Powdery mildew is the main fungal disease affecting cucurbits. It looks like a white coating over the leaves and stems of the plants.
There’s plenty of preventative treatments, some homemade, others commercial.
- Full cream milk works best in sunny weather. Bi-carbonate of soda works reasonably well.
- Sulphur can be used but it will burn the plants on hot days and also kill off any beneficial insects.
- You may find that rotating your choice of treatment gives you the best results with this fungal problem.
- Perhaps you’ve tried hanging some blood and bone in old stockings around your plant in the belief that possums hate the smell?
- Maybe you tried mothballs instead of the blood and bone.
- What about sensor spotlights? Did you try that?
- I have battled with possums eating our eight ornamental grape vines that cover our pergolas the last two years.
- Since our last dog passed away. I have tried everything, and I mean everything.
- Some things work for a couple of days, some not at all.
- I have now completely netted them in the hope that they will be able to stand a fighting chance of getting some leaves this year.
- The possums are not interested in the leaves once they are older only when they are new shoots.
- My question is though are there any really prolific vines, suitable to grow on a sturdy fence that possums absolutely love.
- I have decided that possibly the best thing to do is plant something that would entice them to not even come near the house.
- I have three of our forty acres fenced and gardened, so could put it a fair distance away from the house.
- We tried supersonic antipest devices. Absolutely no effect.
- There are sprays which claim they keep the possums off, that work for a few days but as soon as there’s rain or dew, they have to be re-applied.
- There are those who leave out food.
|Ringtail Possum and Possum Box|
- Leaving the best suggestion to last is from Mo in Batemans Bay, she writes
- “I want to share with you a fantastic night pest deterrent - mainly possums but it may work also with rats.
- We tried many other deterrents for 2 years with little to no success.
- There are so many poor products and they don't live up to the hype.!
- We've had a serious issue with possums and as we live adjacent to bush, catching them is unrealistic as new families just move right in!
- I came to the conclusion that the alternating flashing of SOLAR string Christmas lights would probably be very annoying to the lovely little protected critters : as they are nocturnal and shun lights!
- And to their delight, it IS !
- They cost nothing to run, being SOLAR!
- Each string is 20m long. They sell them for around $20.
Most listeners would know that the name refers to the Federation of Australia on 1 January 1901, when the Australian colonies collectively became the Commonwealth of Australia.
Gardens used to be much bigger than they are today and during the evolution of the Federation garden, there were probably more plants available to buy than there are today.
Let’s find out what this style has to offer.
Federation architecture embraced Australiana themes and of course the verandah.
Features might include stylised images of the waratah, flannel flower or Queensland Firewheel tree.
- Hypericum berries are used as a filler in cut flower arrangements to add contrast. Be sure to ask for some if they take your fancy.
- Ms Hypericum is a waterholic because of the woody stem, so make sure the water stays topped up in the vase.
- Lasts for up to 8 days in the vase.
- The entire plant, particularly its round black seeds gives off a slight turpentine-like odour.
Recorded live during broadcast of Real World Gardener on 13th March 2019