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Comment by Kelly Ronayne on December 5, 2010 at 10:46am
Big garden effort yesterday! Sowed aubergines, zucchini, lebanese cucumbers, mixed heirloom bean seeds, snow peas, sugar snaps, red orach, lemon gem marigolds, blue borage, mesclun mix, chicory... also transplanted a pumpkin that was growing out of old compost! Planted potatoes in buckets (running out of garden space!) and sowed carrots and chioggia beetroot in between my established lettuces. Also started a butterfly garden with 4 Asclepias swan plants for the monarchs, and keeping an eye out for nettles for the red and yellow admirals. Also growing sunflowers for my little birdy friends. Highly exciting!
Comment by Lucy Mutch on December 4, 2010 at 7:54pm
Hi Kali, that could well be the case. Will give it a go and see what happens. Thank you for your advice, I am new to growing zucchini and am in unchartered territory
Comment by Kali on December 4, 2010 at 7:25pm
hi Lucy,is it possible that you sprayed them during the heat of the day and they got burnt? (the water acting like a magnifying glass). remove the damaged leaves and new ones should grow as long as the main stalk isn't damaged.
Comment by Lucy Mutch on December 4, 2010 at 6:45pm
Something strange has happened to my zucchini and think it might be my fault. The leaves have all but a few gone brown and look like dried up autumn leaves. Have been watering regularly so don’t think they are thirsty. The only thing that I did do was spray them with a natural food and pesticide a couple of days ago. Does anyone know what I can do to restore them to their former glory or is all hope of a recovery lost? Any suggestions will be gratefully received.
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 4, 2010 at 1:46pm
yep im fine Lynn it was my head - my least vulnerable spot so onward in the garden lol
Comment by Lynn on December 4, 2010 at 7:26am
Ouch Tony...hope all is ok
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 3, 2010 at 7:14am
Yep Lynn must admit 3am is a bit radical was in a lot of pain last night so couldnt sleep as I tripped over the chair in the dark the night before and smacked head first into the coffee table.
so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to go through the wealth of information on the site.
Love gettin on here just dont often have the time to deeply sift through the information.

Well another nice cloudy day with the prospect of rain so im gonna make the most of it.
Comment by Lynn on December 3, 2010 at 4:58am
LOL...giggling at the hour of the day that we post, Hester!

Thanks for the tip with the milk powder...will give it a go
Comment by Hester on December 3, 2010 at 4:56am
About the calcium. Last year I read about adding some milk powder to the soil when growing tomtoes. I put about a teaspoonful mixed into the planting hole and they were very healthy plants. Maybe you could sprinkle a bit on top of the soil. I also fill milk bottles with water when the milk is used and water the tomatoes with that. Should work for courgettes too.
Comment by Lynn on December 2, 2010 at 8:53am
cool...just found this and thought I'd share as others may be experiencing similar to me with zucchini etc rotting on the plant.

Adding soured milk to the soil or directly watering plants can give the garden a boost of calcium and enhance the overall health of the plant and its fruit. A great way to recycle "bad" milk, this method can be used to administer calcium to more mature plants before and during their primary fruit-bearing weeks.
 

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